CNN: Top CIA spy in Russia extracted after Trump's May 2017 meeting with Lavrov.
NYT: in actual fact, CIA asked him to leave in late 2016, and he relented in the spring of 2017 b/c of "more media inquiries". nytimes.com/2019/09/09/us/…
Stage 1: Story says Trump's untrustworthiness made CIA pull a Russian asset
Stage 2: Correction: the media buzz is what forced the Agency to pull him
Stage 3: Media begins beating a path to the man's front door.