CNN has retracted a story claiming a presidentialÂ adviser is under investigation for ties to Russia and apologized to the official for improper reporting.
CNN, which the president has previously called out for â€œfake news,â€ reportedÂ Thursday that Congress is currently investigating AnthonyÂ Scaramucci, a member of the transition teamâ€™s executive committee, as well as as fundraiser and adviser for the presidentâ€™s campaign.
CNN claimed Senate investigators are looking into whether or notÂ Scaramucci discussed lifting sanctions with Kirill Dmitriev, the chief executive of the $10-billion Russian Direct Investment Fund, in a meeting just four days before President Donald Trumpâ€™s inauguration.
â€œCNN.com published a story connecting Anthony Scaramucci with investigations into the Russian Direct Investment Fund,â€ CNN said in its editorâ€™s note, â€œThat story did not meet CNNâ€™s editorial standards and has been retracted. Links to the story have been disabled. CNN apologizes to Mr. Scaramucci.â€
The Russian Direct Investment Fund is a government-operated investment tool that has helped private-equity firms in the U.S. invest in Russia.Â Scaramucci met the investment fundâ€™s chief executive Dmitriev in Davos, Switzerland at the World Economic Forum, where he expressed a desire for more outreachÂ with Russia and other countries, like China.
Democratic Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth WarrenÂ and Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin called for an investigation into whetherÂ Scaramucci attempted to â€œfacilitate prohibited transactionsâ€ or to lift sanctions. Secretary of the Treasury Steve Mnuchin said, before he was sworn in, that he would look into â€œwhether further investigation of this matter is warranted.â€
A spokesperson for the Russian investment fund told CNN thatÂ Scaramucci and Dmitriev did not discuss sanctions during their rather short meeting abroad. CNN, however, strung the pieces together by pointing out that the Russian official has been adamantly calling for an end to sanctions, whileÂ Scaramucci has also questioned the approach.
The original CNN story had to be updatedÂ before it was ultimately deleted for additional inaccurate information beyond the false statements concerning an investigation into Scaramucci.
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