Staff writer and legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin, who was indefinitely suspended from The New Yorker for engaging in a lewd act on a conference call, has been fired from the magazine following an internal investigation into the matter.
New Yorker staff were reportedly informed that Toobin, who was suspended last month, was no longer with the company in a memo this week obtained by The Daily Beast.
“I am writing to share with you that our investigation regarding Jeffrey Toobin is complete, and as a result, he is no longer affiliated with our company,” read the memo.
“I want to assure everyone that we take workplace matters seriously. We are committed to fostering an environment where everyone feels respected and upholds our standards of conduct,” read the internal memo, reports the news agency.
In a statement, Toobin acknowledged that he had been fired, but said he would continue to read the magazine and miss his colleagues. His status as a CNN analyst is not clear.
Vice, citing two sources, reported last month that Toobin had been caught “masturbating on a zoom video chat” during the juncture of an election simulation.
The two sources described a juncture in the election simulation when there was a strategy session, and the Democrats and Republicans went into their respective break out rooms for about 10 minutes. At this point, they said, it seemed like Toobin was on a second video call. The sources said that when the groups returned from their break out rooms, Toobin lowered the camera. The people on the call said they could see Toobin touching his penis. Toobin then left the call. Moments later, he called back in, seemingly unaware of what his colleagues had been able to see, and the simulation continued.
Toobin publicly apologized to his wife, family, friends and co-workers in a statement to Vice, and called the incident an “embarrassingly stupid mistake.”
“I believed I was not visible on Zoom. I thought no one on the Zoom call could see me. I thought I had muted the Zoom video,” he said.
Back in September, Toobin, a legal analyst for CNN, gained attention for dismissing Democrats as incapable of keeping the Supreme Court vacancy left by the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg until after the presidential election.
“There is a difference to how Democrats and Republicans go about these fights and we’ll see if Democrats learn anything from Republicans here. Yes, it’s interesting that Chuck Schumer said nothing is off the table, but that’s not a commitment to do anything,” said Toobin.
Democrats ultimately failed to block the nomination of then-Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, and at least one Senate Democrat, Joe Manchin of West Virginia, has since explicitly told Fox News he will not vote to pack the court in response to Barrett’s confirmation.
“I will not vote to pack the courts. I think — and I will not vote to end the filibuster,” Manchin told Bret Baier on Fox News this week. “Bret, this system, the Senate, [this] so unique body in the world, it was made to work together in a bipartisan way. And once you start breaking down those barriers, then you lose every reason that we are the institution that we are, the most deliberate body.”