CNN to air ‘The Russian Connection: Inside the Attack on Democracy’ Tuesday night


CNN will host a special documentary, “The Russian Connection: Inside the Attack on Democracy,” reported by CNN chief national security correspondent Jim Sciutto on Tuesday night.

Sciutto, a veteran of the Obama State Department who came to CNN in 2014, “recounts and tracks the story of Russian hacks targeting the 2016 presidential election from the very beginning to the investigations still underway today and to new fears of Russian attacks on upcoming U.S. elections,” according to the network announcement.

Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, former Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta, former national security adviser Tom Donilon and former CIA Moscow Station Chief Steven Hall are among those interviewed for the documentary.

{mosads}CNN bills the special as “the first comprehensive telling on television of Russia’s attack on the 2016 race, with jarring lessons for American leaders and the public about more attacks to come.”

The network has covered Russia’s meddling in the 2016 heavily since Trump’s victory in November.

After working at ABC News as a senior foreign correspondent, Sciutto served as chief of staff and senior advisor to the U.S. ambassador to China, Gary Locke from 2011 to 2013.

“The Russian Connection: Inside the Attack on Democracy” will air Tuesday night at 10:00 p.m. ET.

It airs one day after CNN reported that three of its staffers resigned after the network retracted a story tying a top President Trump ally to a Russian investment bank.

A Buzzfeed report earlier Monday said CNN is also implementing strict new rules for the network’s stories regarding Russia.

CNNMoney executive editor Rich Barbieri sent out an email Saturday regarding the network’s new rules after CNN a day earlier retracted the story.

“No one should publish any content involving Russia without coming to me and Jason [Farkas],” said the email, obtained by BuzzFeed News.

“This applies to social, video, editorial, and MoneyStream. No exceptions,” the email added. “I will lay out a workflow Monday.”

–This report was updated at 11:16 a.m.

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