ABC, which James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas exposed for spiking the story about dead pedophile Jeffrey Epstein, which anchor Amy Robach said the news outlet possessed three years ago, immediately issued a statement responding to the sting.
“At the time, not all of our reporting met our standards to air, but we have never stopped investigating the story,” ABC said. “Ever since we’ve had a team on this investigation and substantial resources dedicated to it. That work has led to a two-hour documentary and 6-part podcast with will air in the new year.”
Subsequently, Robach released a statement of her own.
“As a journalist, as the Epstein story continued to unfold last summer, I was caught in a private moment of frustration,” she said. “I as 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.”
She continued, appearing to attempt to cover the network legally by saying that her comments were in reference only to what Virginia Roberts had alleged, but were not verified substantially enough. Roberts claims that she was a sex slave, held captive by Epstein and forced to have sex with him, along with Prince Andrew, the Duke of York.
But in the original leaked video, Robach seemed sure that their story was rock solid.
“[Virginia Roberts] told me everything,” Robach said. “She had pictures, she had everything. She was in hiding for 12 years. We convinced her to come out. We convinced her to talk to us. Um, it was unbelievable what we had – [Bill] Clinton, we had everything.”
O’Keefe noted that Robach’s statement is the exact opposite of what she said in the sting video. O’Keefe made an update video after ABC released its statements on his reporting.
“The is exactly the opposite of what she actually said on the set,” O’Keefe said in reference to Robach’s claim that she had a “private moment of frustration.”
In the original leaked video, Robach can be seen complaining that she tried very openly to get the higher-ups at ABC to run the story, but that they simply refused.
Earlier Tuesday, O’Keefe released a series of clips from Robach, who was caught in a hot mic moment complaining that all of the information that had come out since Epstein’s mysterious “suicide,” which has been disputed by experts, was in the possession of ABC three years ago.
“I’ve had the story for three years,” Robach said. “I’ve had this interview with Virginia Roberts. We would not put it on the air.”
Robach listed the reasons why the network chose to spike the story.
“First of all, I was told ‘Who’s Jeffrey Epstein,’” she said. “‘No one knows who that is.’ ‘That’s a stupid story.’”
“Then the Palace found out that we had the whole allegations about Prince Andrew and threatened us a million different ways,” Robach said. “Um, we were so afraid that we wouldn’t be able to interview Kate and Will that we – that also quashed the story.”
She also referenced having information that connected former president Bill Clinton to Epstein, and said in a separate clip that she believed that Epstein was murdered, and did not kill himself.
“Do I think he(Epstein) was killed?” she asked. “100% I do…He made his whole living blackmailing people. There were a lot of men on those planes. A lot of men who visited that island. A lot of powerful men who came into that apartment.”
Peter D'Abrosca is a freelance investigative reporter, author, and conservative political commentator.
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