However, the CNN report quickly fell apart when one of the people named in it, Anthony Scaramucci, denied allegations made and claimed that he had done nothing wrong, CNN took the story down and, after an internal investigation, retracted it.
"In the aftermath of the retraction of a story published on CNN.com, CNN has accepted the resignations of the employees involved in the story's publication", the network said.
In case you missed it, three journalists from CNN resigned on Monday June 26 over a Russia-related story that had to be retracted.
As a result, senior-level CNN officials are said to have sent word company-wide that any stories mentioning Trump and Russian Federation in the same sentence had to be vetted and approved.
O'Keefe is vowing to release more damaging files from within the walls of CNN, an organization that was formerly "the most trusted name in news". "Those are the facts", the CNN Communications account responded shortly afterwards.
The story also said two Democratic senators wanted to know if Scaramucci had indicated to Dmitriev whether sanctions against Russian Federation would be lifted.
It identifies a man in the video as CNN Supervising Producer John Bonifield.
Trump has been unhappy with CNN since he was a candidate previous year, and hasn't granted the network an interview since he's been president.
In a statement, Haris said, "On Friday, CNN retracted a story published by my team".
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. "For those who haven't seen this I urge you to watch", Trump said. The law firm of one victim recently sued O'Keefe, alleging violation of a federal wiretap law.
"They are all Fake News!" the president charged.
Lichtblau, who won a Pulitzer Prize for national reporting in 2006, has been with CNN for just three months.
He also used the opportunity to again hit out at a number of other major United States media outlets - including NBC, ABC, The New York Times, and The Washington Post. On the conservative channel Fox News, reliably pro-Trump pundits Tucker Carlson and Sean Hannity jumped on the story.