The New Yorker suspends Jeffrey Toobin after CNN analyst exposed himself on Zoom

Reporter Jeffrey Toobin
Journalist Jeffrey Toobin has been suspended by the New Yorker.
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The New Yorker has suspended journalist Jeffrey Toobin after a Zoom incident the staff writer claims happened by “mistake.”

The publication took action after the lawyer and author, who is also CNN’s chief legal analyst, exposed his genitals during a virtual meeting last week with staffers from the New Yorker and WNYC radio, according to a Monday report from Vice.

“I made an embarrassingly stupid mistake, believing I was off-camera,” Toobin said in a statement to Vice. “I apologize to my wife, family, friends and co-workers.


“I believed I was not visible on Zoom,” he added. “I thought no one on the Zoom call could see me. I thought I had muted the Zoom video.”

Jeffrey Toobin, the CNN legal analyst and New Yorker reporter, will publish a new book about the Russia scandal that has clouded the first year of Donald Trump’s presidency.

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Upon Toobin’s suspension, a spokesperson for the New Yorker told Vice that the media outlet is investigating the situation. Toobin joined the New Yorker in 1993.

Despite his recently inactive status on social media, Toobin appeared Saturday on CNN. On Monday, the cable news network released a statement saying, “Jeff Toobin has asked for some time off while he deals with a personal issue, which we have granted.”

Toobin is also known for his political books, including 2020’s “True Crimes and Misdemeanors: The Investigation of Donald Trump,” as well as his legal work as a former associate counsel in the Department of Justice.