House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) sent a scathing letter to ABC News demanding information related to allegations that the network spiked a 2015 report about now-deceased alleged child sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein.

GOP Reps. Mike T. McCaul (R-Texas) and Doug A. Collins (R-Ga.) cosigned the letter, which was obtained and reported by journalist Megyn Kelly on Sunday, Nov. 17.

Earlier this month, Project Veritas released a video of ABC News anchor Amy Robach discussing the information she received three years earlier from Epstein accuser on a hot mic. In the video, Robach expressed her frustration because the network refused to air the report after receiving threats from Buckingham Palace who found out Prince Andrew was allegedly a part of the story.

“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. This was a decision that Ms. Robach alluded was due to protecting powerful people of financial interests,” McCarthy wrote to ABC News President James Goldston.

 
 
 
 
 
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McCarthy noted that Epstein “pleaded guilty to a felony charge of solicitation of prostitution involving a minor and served 13 months in prison in 2018,” dismissing the network’s claim,”No one knows who [Epstein] is.” He also demanded the network to provide Robach’s interview with the victim to Congress members and the names of those involved in the decision to kill the story as well as their reasons.

The congressmen accused the network of potentially causing fewer victims to come forward to “bring perpetrators of this modern-day slavery to justice” and allowing more people to become victims of human trafficking over the past three years.

Former ABC News employee, Ashley Bianco who recorded Robach’s remarks, was fired by CBS News where she has just started her new post four days before. Bianco denied having any involvement with the leaked video in an exclusive interview with Kelly on Nov. 8, which was also confirmed by Project Veritas’s founder James O’Keefe.

McCarthy blasted the network for looking for and holding accountable the person who released the video as their first reaction to the scandal, adding, “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.”

After the news broke, Robach and ABC News claimed that the story did not meet the network’s editorial standards to air because it lacked sufficient corroborating evidence. 

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