CNN said it's standing by one of its producers who was seen on a secret video recording calling the investigation into President Trump and Russia "mostly bullshit right now."
In a statement released Tuesday, shortly after the video was published online by the conservative Project Veritas website, a spokesperon for CNN said, "CNN stands by our medical producer John Bonifield. Diversity of personal opinion is what makes CNN strong, we welcome it and embrace it."
The video, published online Monday night, shows John Bonifield, a CNN producer who covers medical issues, saying, "I just feel like they really don't have it [proof of collusion] but they want to keep digging."
He continued, "And so I think the president is probably right to say, ‘Look, you are witch hunting me.'"
Bonifield also says in the video that that federal investigation into whether Trump's 2016 campaign colluded with the Russian government "could be bullshit" and that it's "mostly bullshit right now."
The Project Veritas video was apparently produced without Bonifield's knowing he was being recorded, a tactic the website's founder James O'Keefe has used before to undercover supposed wrongdoing by liberals and Democrats.
O'Keefe's website doesn't say when the conversation with Bonifield took place.
Bonifield did not return a request for comment from the Washington Examiner.
CNN is frequently targeted by the White House as a producer of "fake news," a term Trump and his staff have used to label other news outlets they consider overly hostile.
CNN is currently under scrutiny after producing a retracted report last week related to Trump's associates and Russia. Three journalists with the network resigned in wake of the massive error.