Trump Blasts 'Dishonest' ABC News for Covering-Up Jeffrey Epstein Story
President says ABC's 'journalistic standards are nonexistent today' after Epstein coverup
President Donald Trump has blasted ABC News over their alleged cover-up of a bombshell exposé on Jeffrey Epstein.
Trump weighed in on the controversy Sunday, following reports ABC News quashed a story by Amy Robach that exposed Epstein’s abuse and allegedly tied the deceased sex offender to claims about Bill Clinton and Britain's Prince Andrew.
President Trump blasted the news network, declaring on Twitter: “We no longer have Freedom of the Press!”
Trump’s tweet follows reports that CBS news fired an employee who allegedly leaked the hot mic revelation, to whistleblower organization Project Veritas, while she was working at ABC.
The young producer tearfully denies the accusation, however.
“ABC is as bad as the rest of them. Journalistic standards are nonexistent today. The press is so dishonest that we no longer have Freedom of the Press!,” Trump tweeted.
According to the New York Post, the president was responding to a tweet from James O’Keefe, the self-proclaimed “guerrilla journalist” and founder of Project Veritas that exposed a hot-mic moment from ABC News anchor Amy Robach.
In the video clip, Robach complains that three years ago she interviewed an alleged victim of Epstein, Virginia Roberts Giuffre and had the story on Epstein’s sex abuse, but ABC wouldn’t air it.
She mentioned they had nailed down allegations and mentions former President Bill Clinton, lawyer Alan Dershowitz, and Prince Andrew.
She complains that the ABC brass downplayed the story on Epstein because “No one knows who that is” and because the Royal Family threatened the network.
“The Palace found out that we had her whole allegations about Prince Andrew and threatened us a million different ways,” Robach says in an off-the-cuff vent.
Prince Andrew, Clinton, and Dershowitz have denied allegations of any wrongdoing.
Robach, who still works at ABC News, has said in a statement that the network never intentionally killed the Epstein piece and called the recordings “a private moment of frustration.”
CBS News has since fired a 25-year-old producer, Ashley Bianco, who ABC News had identified — wrongly, she insists — as the leaker of the hot-mic tape.
ABC is as bad as the rest of them. Journalistic standards are nonexistent today. The press is so dishonest that we no longer have Freedom of the Press! https://t.co/nzF31cLYw7— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 10, 2019
Trump was retweeting an O’Keefe post that included a TV segment from Fox News’ Jesse Watters where the TV host bashes ABC for “smearing” Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh with allegations of sexual misconduct while failing to air the reports against Epstein.
“Where the hell are ABC’s editorial standards,” O’Keefe tweeted, quoting the Watters segment.
ABC News is still refusing to release the Jeffrey Epstein story.