Sciutto, a veteran of the Obama State Department who came to CNN in 2014, "recounts and tracks the story of Russian hacks targeting the 2016 presidential election from the very beginning to the investigations still underway today and to new fears of Russian attacks on upcoming USA elections", according to the network announcement.
The story's author, Thomas Frank, was among those who resigned, according to a network executive who requested anonymity because the person was not authorized to discuss personnel issues. But while Trump was busy basking in the glory of his least-favorite media outlet's "fake news", CNN pointed out on Twitter that he was actually sharing some of his own.
The investigator asked Bonifield why CNN continued with the Trump-Russia stories and the answer is simple: ratings.
On Tuesday morning he tweeted, "Wow, CNN had to retract big story on 'Russia, ' with 3 employees forced to resign". I just refuse to believe that if they had something really good like that that wouldn't leak because we've been getting all these other leaks. The story was disputed the following day by Anthony Scaramucci, one of the associates named in the report, who pushed back against the article.
The story suggested Scaramucci and Dmitriev discussed lifting USA sanctions against Russian Federation during that conversation at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, according to Talking Points Memo. The email went out on Saturday morning from Rich Barbieri, CNNMoney's executive editor, saying: "No one should publish any content involving Russian Federation without coming to me and Jason (Farkas, a CNN vice president)". Conservative provocateur James O'Keefe piled on by releasing a video with a CNN producer caught on camera talking about the network's Russian Federation coverage being ratings-driven.
The CNN resignations may trigger some soul-searching at big outlets, which for months have gone after Trump with anonymous sources and dubious assertions regarding Russian Federation.
Bonifield also acknowledged: "I haven't seen any good enough evidence to show that the president committed a crime".
Trump also did not stop with CNN.
James O'Keefe, the founder of Project Veritas, says this only the beginning of undercover investigations into the media. "As Executive Editor of that team, I have resigned", Haris said in the statement.
Before last November's election, Project Veritas released a series of heavily edited videos that included a Democratic activist appearing to brag about deploying troublemakers at Trump rallies. The story posted Thursday on CNN's website said Senate investigators are looking into the meeting between Scaramucci and Kirill Dmitriev, whose Russian Direct Investment Fund guides investments by USA entities in Russia.
Project Veritas has recently been sued for $1 million, with the lawsuit claiming the blog violated laws on wiretapping. The retracted CNN story was heavily dependent upon on anonymous source.
"Scaramucci tweeted: "@CNN did the right thing. "They are all Fake News!" he wrote.