Congress Wants Answers From ABC on Why Epstein Story Was Spiked

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Congressional Republicans are asking ABC News to explain why the network quashed a story about convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein three years ago even though a reporter on the story was convinced, according to her comments on a video leaked recently, that the network “had everything.”

In a letter sent to ABC News President James Goldston Sunday, House Minority leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), along with Reps. Mike McCaul (R-Texas) and Doug Collins (R-Ga.), said they were deeply concerned that a victim of human trafficking came to ABC News seeking justice “provided information and an interview, and then ABC News chose to bury the truth.”

The letter was first reported by Megyn Kelly, a former anchor on Fox News and NBC.

ABC News has been under fire since a video surfaced two weeks ago of one of its anchors, Amy Robach, expressing frustration that her bosses refused to air her story about Epstein because the network was intent on currying favor with the British royal family. Robach had taped an interview with Virginia Roberts Giuffre, who claims she was a “sex slave” of the disgraced New York financier and had liaisons with a number of rich and powerful men, among them Britain’s Prince Andrew.

In an interview aired by the BBC this weekend, Prince Andrew claimed he had “no recollection” of ever meeting Roberts.

Shortly after the video of Robach’s comments leaked, both the network and Robach released statements saying the Epstein story was not aired because it did not meet the network’s editorial standards. Robach said she was “caught in a private moment of frustration” and was “upset that an important interview I had conducted with Virginia Roberts didn’t air because we could not obtain sufficient corroborating evidence to meet ABC’s editorial standards.”

Epstein was arrested earlier this year and charged with sex trafficking but died in his cell before he could go to trial. His death was ruled a suicide by medical authorities, but conspiracy theories about his demise have persisted because of the powerful people whose names have popped up in civil lawsuits over the case.

In their letter, the Republican congressmen asked if ABC News would be willing to provide them with a copy of Robach’s interview with Roberts. They also want to know who was responsible for spiking the story at the time and for more details about the “outside forces” that were responsible for it being withheld.

“It is clear that ABC News enabling of Mr. Epstein has consequences: fewer victims willing to come forward to bring perpetrators of this modern-day slavery to justice and, more grievously, the possibility that any number of minors could have been spared from human trafficking over the last three years,” they said.

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