Stewart had remarked on the "tawdry Trumpian shabbiness of the whole thing" and added: "It is difficult to see how much more of this the party or our political system can survive.
Maitlis apologised by quote tweeting the tweet, therefore recirculating it again which people saw as a subtle non-apology. She wrote: "I have deleted my earlier retweet of the below and would like to apologise for the hurt I have caused.”
I have deleted my earlier retweet of the below and would like to apologise for the hurt I have caused.https://twitter.com/RoryStewartUK/status/1488403829712379904\u00a0\u2026
It is not the first time Maitlis has been criticised for perhaps revealing her opinions about news stories. The BBC found her guilty of an impartiality breach last year over her Newsnight monologue that criticised the government for its handling of the Dominic Cummings’s Barnard Castle saga.
Meanwhile, the BBC’s impartiality rules state: “If a member of staff repeatedly likes or shares, without comment, content reflecting a particular point of view on a matter of public controversy it might create the impression that individual agrees with that view.”