While most of the tv oracles last week dismissed the appearance of former special counsel Robert Mueller as “bad optics” while ignoring whatever facts Mueller corroborated, at least person feels vindicated.
Eric Lichtblau, along with two CNN colleagues, resigned after CNN retracted a story alleging a Russian connection to the Trump transition.
He maintains that Mueller’s findings corroborate their reporting.
“It’s reassuring to see a number of the core elements of the story, regarding contacts between Russian banking interests and Trump associates, now corroborated in the Mueller report,” Lichtblau told Vanity Fair.
The trio were forced out at CNN after they produced a story that a Senate committee was investigating possible ties between the Russian Direct Investment Fund and people linked with Trump’s presidential campaign, including Anthony Scaramucci, who was mentioned midway through the piece as having met with an RDIF official at Davos.
The Mooch objected strenuously and went directly to bureau chief and vice president Sam Feist with his grievance. Feist subsequently pulled the report.
“It’s reassuring to see a number of the core elements of the story, regarding contacts between Russian banking interests and Trump associates, now corroborated in the Mueller report,” Lichtblau told the magazine.
CNN disagrees with Lichtblau’s claim of vindication.
But to date, the network has never disputed any of the facts contained in the ill-fated report.
Instead, it based its decision to retract the story on a series of procedural errors the reporting team was said to have made.
And, at the same time, the AT&T-Time Warner merger that CNN was a big part of, was struggling to get Department of Justice approval
Things that make you go, “hmmm?”