Friday saw cable news network CNN retracting a story that linked Anthony Scaramucci, an ally of President Donald Trump’s, to a Russian investment fund.
The story was detailed by Talking Points Memo:
As CNN reported, Scaramucci met with Kirill Dmitriev, the fund’s chief executive, at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland just four days before Trump’s inauguration. Congressional investigators reportedly want to know if they discussed lifting U.S. sanctions against Russia—a policy shift for which Dmitriev has strenuously advocated, according to CNN.
A spokeswoman for RDIF told CNN that they did not, though she declined to describe the conversation. Scaramucci also told the network that “there is nothing there.”
Dmitriev “came over to say hello in a restaurant, and I was cordial,” Scaramucci said in an email to CNN.
The story was retracted less than a day after it’s publication, and CNN issued an Editor’s Note regarding the matter.
Now it seems that CNN will be imposing stricter rules where it’s coverage of the Trump-Russia situation is concerned. As reported first by BuzzFeed, an email sent by CNNMoney executive editor Rich Barbieri said that “No one should publish any content involving Russia without coming to me and [CNN Vice President] Jason [Farkas].”
Barbieri made it clear that this new restriction would be applied to “social, video, editorial, and MoneyStream” content.
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The now-retracted article posited that the Senate Intelligence Committee was investigating activities that linked the Russian investment fund to Scaramucci, who served as a member of Trump’s transition team.