The media organization often dubbed as "fake news" by President Trump issued a retraction late Friday night for a now-deleted story connecting one of his top campaign aides with a Russian bank, BuzzFeed first reported. CNN's investigative reporter Thomas Frank published the article on Thursday which cited a single, unnamed source claiming that the Senate Intelligence Committee was looking into "$10-billion Russian investment fund whose chief executive met with a member of President Donald Trump's transition team four days before Trump's inauguration."
After BuzzFeed noticed the article's disappearance, the media organization had contacted CNN, which responded with an "Editor's Note":
"On June 22, 2017, CNN.com published a story connecting Anthony Scaramucci with investigations into the Russian Direct Investment Fund.
That story did not meet CNN's editorial standards and has been retracted. Links to the story have been disabled. CNN apologizes to Mr. Scaramucci."
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The target of the article, Scaramucci, tweeted early Saturday to accept the apology.
Scaramucci, who served on the executive committee of Trump's transition team, is the founder of the global investment firm SkyBridge Capital.
CNN's retraction is the latest article to come under attack as the investigation of Russia meddling in the 2016 presidential election continues. Ousted FBI director James Comey blasted the New York Times for publishing a story that, "In the main, it was not true."
“The challenge, and I’m not picking on reporters, about writing stories about classified information is the people talking about it often don’t really know what’s going on and those of us who actually know what’s going on are not talking about it,” said Comey during questioning from Sen. James Risch (R-Idaho). “And we don’t call the press and say, ‘Hey, you got that thing wrong.’ ”