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REPORT: CNN Anchor Jim Scuitto On Leave After Accident In Amsterdam

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Nicole Silverio Media Reporter
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CNN anchor Jim Scuitto has taken a personal leave of absence after suffering a “serious fall” in Amsterdam, the Daily Beast first reported Wednesday.

Scuitto, the outlet’s chief national security correspondent, endured the fall while traveling back from reporting in Ukraine earlier in 2022, the Daily Beast reported. The anchor and his producer had a layover in Amsterdam where the accident occurred, while their colleagues took direct flights home from Poland.

After the incident, Scuitto was the subject of an internal investigation by CNN, the outlet noted. CNN then reportedly instructed Scuitto to address a “personal situation,” and Scuitto went on personal leave. He is expected to return to the network in a few weeks, an unnamed network source told Deadline.

Scuitto co-hosts the program, “CNN Newsroom” from 9 to 11 a.m. alongside anchor Poppy Harlow. His fellow anchor is slated to leave the program to co-host a new morning program with anchors Kaitlan Collins and Don Lemon. (RELATED: Fired CNN Host Brian Stelter Joins Harvard To Work On ‘Threats To Democracy’)

The network has faced major staffing changes as CNN President Chris Licht attempts to make the network more politically even. In the process, Licht canceled the network’s longest running show, “Reliable Sources,” causing anchor Brian Stelter to depart the network.

Scuitto reported a now-debunked story that former President Donald Trump was partially responsible for a decision to extract a high-level Kremlin source in 2019. The New York Times then disputed the story by outlining how the CIA attempted to extract the person before Trump became president.

CNN did not respond to the Daily Caller’s request for comment.

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