Ryan Lizza Returns to CNN After Sexual Misconduct Probe

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The network initially suspended Lizza in December after 'The New Yorker' terminated his employment for "improper sexual conduct."

After an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct, CNN has decided to bring political reporter Ryan Lizza back on the air. 

The network initially suspended Lizza in December after The New Yorker terminated his employment in December for what the magazine called "improper sexual conduct."

"Upon learning of The New Yorker's decision to sever ties with Ryan Lizza in December, CNN pulled him from future on-air appearances while the network conducted an extensive investigation into the matter," a CNN spokesperson told The Hollywood Reporter on Thursday. "Based on the information provided and the findings of the investigation, CNN has found no reason to continue to keep Mr. Lizza off the air." 

Lizza has denied The New Yorker's allegations of sexual misconduct, saying in a statement that he was dismayed that the magazine had severed ties with him over what he called "a respectful relationship with a woman I dated." Lizza claimed that the magazine had not cited a company policy that he had violated upon his termination and that the decision was a "terrible mistake."

Douglas Wigdor of Wigdor LLP, who is representing the person he calls "the victim of Mr. Lizza's conduct," has said that his client wishes her identity to remain confidential. "Our client reported Mr. Lizza’s actions to ensure that he would be held accountable and in the hope that by coming forward she would help other potential victims," Wigdor said in a statement in December.

Lizza appeared on Thursday's CNN Tonight With Don Lemon at 7 p.m. PT, where he discussed a report that President Donald Trump had tried to fire the head of the probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election, Robert Mueller, last summer but stopped when a White House counsel threatened to quit.