An anonymous source familiar with the matter told Politico that Scaramucci had called Haris and then Washington Bureau Chief Sam Feist on Friday after the story was posted, alluding that he was going to file a lawsuit if the particular piece was not retracted.
While Trump was attacking the cable news network for publishing the story, the man who the story was aimed at, Anthony Scaramucci, had nothing but compliments for CNN. A network executive, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the person was not authorized to discuss personnel issues, said Monday that story author Thomas Frank resigned.
The latest dispute is centred on a CNN story from last week that said the Senate Intelligence Committee was investigating Trump campaign adviser Anthony Scaramucci for allegedly meeting with a Russian investor days before Trump's inauguration.
CNN says the mistake was caused by a "breakdown in editorial workflow", claiming that "these type of stories" do not go through the typical editorial processes, which include fact-checkers, journalism experts, and attorneys.
Scaramucci, who founded hedge fund specialist SkyBridge Capital, served on Trump's transition team.
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NEW YORK - For a president seemingly at perpetual war with "fake news", the resignation of three CNN journalists over a retracted story about a Donald Trump Russian connection is a gift from the political gods at a time the struggling effort to repeal Obamacare dominates the headlines.
"I think it's also fair to wonder if they'd have resigned in a different climate, and over a different story", the reporter said.
Smerconish, unfazed by the incident, said it was just another opportunity for CNN to show that it holds its employees accountable.
A message seeking comment was left at CNN. "It's competing with White House press briefing access for what CNN's most obsessed with", Houck suggests, "and both look pretty pathetic right now".
"That story did not meet CNN's editorial standards and has been retracted".
In a statement, Mr Haris said he had been with CNN since 2001, "and am sure about one thing: This is a news organization that prizes accuracy and fairness above all else". "Classy move. Apology accepted". The story seemed to advance the narrative of ties between Trump campaign officials and people close to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Center in Atlanta on August 10, 2014. "I am leaving, but will carry those principles wherever I go".