ABC News came under considerable fire Tuesday after a video leaked online of one of its anchor expressing frustration that she had confirmed some details of the Jeffrey Epstein sex scandal, including former President Bill Clinton’s involvement, three years ago but that network brass had prevented her from reporting it.
In the video, apparently recorded when the network was in commercial break and the anchor was chatting with a colleague on-set, ABC News anchor Amy Robach complains that her bosses belittled the story and bowed to pressure from Buckingham Palace in London because of the allegations that Prince Andrew was involved.
Robach said she had taped interviews with Virginia Roberts Giuffre, a woman who claims she was pimped out by the disgraced New York financier to his rich and powerful friends when she was 17-year-old, as well as confirmation of details of the case with other women involved.
“First of all I was told, ‘Who’s Jeffrey Epstein? No one knows who that is. It’s a stupid story,'” Robach is heard saying on the leaked video. “Then the Palace found out that we had [Virginia Roberts Giuffre’s] whole allegations about Prince Andrew and threatened us a million different ways. We were so afraid that we weren’t going to get to interview Kate [Middleton] and Will [Prince William] that, we, that also quashed the story.”
“It was unbelievable what we had,” Robach continues. “We had Clinton. We had everything.”
In a statement released to the TVNewser site in response to the leaked video, ABC News claims that Robach’s reporting at the time was not up to the network’s editorial standards. Robach herself also said the interview to which she was referring in the video was uncorroborated.
“I was caught in a private moment of frustration,” Robach said in the statement obtained by TVNewser. “I 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 about her allegations. My comments about Prince Andrew and her allegation that she had seen Bill Clinton on Epstein’s private island were in reference to what Virginia Roberts said in that interview in 2015. I was referencing her allegations – not what ABC News had verified through our reporting. “
“The interview itself, while I was disappointed it didn’t air, didn’t meet our standards,” Robach said. “In the years since no one ever told me or the team to stop reporting on Jeffrey Epstein, and we have continued to aggressively pursue this important story.”
Pundits on Twitter and elsewhere were incensed over the leak:
Recap:— Tom Bevan (@TomBevanRCP) November 5, 2019
NBC killed story on Harvey Weinstein, saying it didn't meet their editorial standards.
ABC spiked story on Jeffrey Epstein, saying same.
Both orgs (& rest of media) went wild running uncorroborated stories about Brett Kavanaugh being a gang rapist.
The @Project_Veritas video on the #EpsteinCoverup should be the final straw with media in this country as a whole. If you won't expose arguably the worst American not in prison for a freaking royal family interview, why should we trust you to tell us the truth on ANYTHING?— Steve Deace (@SteveDeaceShow) November 5, 2019
WOW!— PeterSweden (@PeterSweden7) November 5, 2019
Project Veritas has just revealed that the mainstream media decided to NOT run the story on Esptein.
They had witnesses, victims and photographs.
Imagine how many women's lives were ruined by Epstein because the media didn't report on it?
This is evil.#EpsteinCoverup
Epstein was arrested earlier this year and charged with sex trafficking minors in Florida and New York 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.
This is not the first time that ABC has been accused of quashing the story, but it is the first time one of its own reporters has been caught expressing frustration about it. Roberts herself told National Public Radio that she did the interview with Robach in 2015 to express her anger and feelings of betrayal but was never told why it didn’t air.
The video was released by Project Veritas, a right-wing activist group that has come under fire in the past for selectively editing its undercover sting videos. Robach’s comments do not appear to be edited in any fashion and Project Veritas did not say how it came to be in possession of the footage.
The footage is not dated, but Robach makes reference to Epstein’s death, which occurred on August 10, 2019.