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An ABC reporter was caught on video saying the network refused to run a story she had done that linked accused serial child sex abuser Jeffrey Epstein to Prince Andrew, Bill Clinton and Alan Dershowitz among others, and a person the network suspects of leaking the video to Project Veritas has been fired.

In a video released Sunday, Amy Robach reflects on what became of her story in what is believed to be July, just as allegations against Epstein of sexual trafficking of underage girls began to make the news.

“I’ve had this story for three years. I’ve had this interview with Virginia Roberts. We would not put it on the air,” Robach began.

Roberts, now known as Virginia Giuffrie, has said she was trafficked by Epstein to Dershowitz and others and rode numerous times on the Lolita Express plane that took Epstein, his friends and underage girls to his private island for what authorities suggest were sex parties and other illegal acts.

“Um, first of all, I was told, ‘Who’s Jeffrey Epstein? No one knows who that is. This is a stupid story.’” Robach continued. “Then the palace found out that we had her whole allegations about Prince Andrew and threatened us a million different ways. Um, we were so afraid we wouldn’t be able to interview Kate and Will … that we, that also quashed the story. And then, um, and then Alan Dershowitz was also implicated in it ‘cause of the planes.

“She told me everything. 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 – 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.

“I’m so pissed right now. Like every day I get more and more pissed ‘cause I’m just like ‘on my God we, it was what, we what had was unreal. Other women backing it up. Hey. Yup. Brad Edwards, the attorney three years ago saying like, we, there will come a day when we will realize Jeffrey Epstein was the most prolific pedophile this country has ever known.  And I had it all three years ago.”

ABC said the story did not run because it did not meet its journalistic standards. But the timing of the story – weeks before the 2016 presidential election – suggests other motives, such as a desire to avoid having Hillary Clinton face questions about her husband’s possible involvement with Epstein.

And since, ABC has identified a person it believes to have leaked the video – a female former staffer who now works for CBS, and informed CBS “’as a courtesy,’” the New York Post reported. CBS then fired the woman, even though it is unclear if she delivered the video to Project Veritas or showed it to someone else who did.

ABC News had Robach issue a statement saying she was “caught in a moment of private frustration” and that although she was “disappointed” the interview didn’t run, it “didn’t meet our standards” and she was never told to stop reporting on the Epstein scandal.  

It also released a statement saying it had reported on Epstein before and after it declined to run Robach’s piece

Matt Walsh pointed out the hypocrisy of it all at Daily Wire.

“To review: A woman at ABC discovered that the network was protecting a serial rapist and sex trafficker,” he wrote. “She blew the whistle on the scandal and left the company. ABC then tracked the woman down and enlisted CBS to fire her on its behalf. Both of these networks, who colluded to punish a whistleblower, have spent the last many months and years breathlessly extolling the virtues of whistleblowing and the evils of collusion.”

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