"I'm so pissed right now." So ABC News anchor Amy Robach said in a private August conversation with her producer that was captured by a hot mic and released this week by conservative activist James O'Keefe's Project Veritas, reports Mediaite. Robach was talking about a Jeffrey Epstein piece featuring accuser Virginia Roberts Giuffre she had compiled three years prior. "It was unbelievable what we had," she is heard saying. "[Bill] Clinton—we had everything. I tried for three years to get it on to no avail and now it’s all coming out and it’s like these new revelations and I freaking had all of it." She also referenced the story being "quashed" because of pressure being applied from Buckingham Palace over Giuffre's allegations about Prince Andrew and the fear that Prince William and Kate Middleton wouldn't sit for interviews with the network.
"I tried for three years to get it on to no avail," Robach says at one point. In a statement, ABC News said the entirety of the reporting didn't meet the necessary standards to air, but "we have never stopped investigating the story." In a statement of her own, Robach called the video "a private moment of frustration" over the fact the interview couldn'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. ... In the years since no one ever told me or the team to stop reporting on Jeffrey Epstein." The AP reports Project Veritas obtained the video from an unnamed source within ABC. (Read more Jeffrey Epstein stories.)