Republicans Demand ABC Releases Information On 'Spiked' Epstein Story
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy sends letter to news network
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy demanded answers in a letter to ABC News regarding allegations that the network 'spiked' a story on pedophile Jeffrey Epstein in 2015, according to journalist Megyn Kelly.
Earlier this month, ABC News' Amy Robach revealed she had a bombshell exposé on Epstein three years ago but was forced to shelve the story by network heads following "threats" from Buckingham Palace.
Project Veritas released a video of Robach complaining that the networked killed her explosive interview it Epstein accuser, Virginia Roberts Giuffre.
McCarthy wrote to ABC News President James Goldston, with Kelly's Instagram revealing an exclusive copy of the letter:
“I am deeply concerned that this victim, in search of justice, went to ABC News, provided information and an interview, and then ABC News chose to bury the truth,” McCarthy wrote.
The letter accuses ABC of causing fewer victims to come forward and allowing people to become victims of human trafficking.
McCarthy then requests the network to release more information, including the 'spiked' Giuffre interview.
Additionally, McCarthy’s letter also asks the network if it ever received more evidence about Epstein in between the time of the 2015 interview to his arrest.
The Republicans then demanded the names of those involved in the decision to kill the story and their reasons behind it.
GOP Reps. Doug A. Collins of Georgia and Mike T. McCaul of Texas also signed the letter.
The letter reads:
“ABC News’s initial response and subsequent actions reveal their priority is to identify and hold accountable the individual who released the video to the public."
“We believe that uncovering the source of the information is incomparably less important than the possibility of exposing the source of a human trafficking operation.”
ABC reportedly contacted CBS after the leaked video, believing the person who blew the whistle was working within the network.
CBS then fired former ABC producer Ashley Bianco after executives allegedly informed the network of the situation, journalist Yashar Ali previously reported.
But Bianco denied having any involvement with the video leak.
Kelly summed up the letter in a video:
“Congress now cracking down on ABC News … accusing ABC News of enabling Jeffrey Epstein by not reporting this story, suggesting additional victims may not have come forward and that minors may have gone on getting abused because ABC did not pursue the story,” Kelly said.
Roback said she gathered interviews with victims and witnesses that exposed Britain's Prince Andrew and former President Bill Clinton, saying, "we had Clinton - we had everything."