McCarthy criticizes Dems for hiring ex-ABC executive who cited Jeffrey Epstein’s story to produce 1/6 hearings
Kevin McCarthy tore into the Jan 6 select committee to hire former ABC News Executive James Goldston to lead their primetime hearings starting this week after telling a story at his former outlet that the leader claims may have been sex offender Jeffrey Epstein .
“The Democrats have turned to the former ABC News director, under whose direction ABC has told a story about Jeffrey Epstein, to choreograph their political theater on Jan. 6,” McCarthy tweeted Monday.
He also reiterated an old post of his from November 2019 in which he claimed that the then president of ABC News ran the network in a way that helped “bury the truth” about sex offender Epstein, who died in prison in August of that year.
“I am deeply concerned that ABC News chose to bury the truth about Jeffrey Epstein’s role in human trafficking,” McCarthy wrote in his tweet at the time.
The GOP leader attached an image of his letter, along with then-Georgia Representative Doug Collins and Michael McCaul of Texas, “asking for more information about [ABC’s] calling in Mr. Epstein.”
The Democrat-led committee hired Goldston ahead of its first primetime hearing on Thursday, a report showed Monday.
House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy tore into the Jan. 6 select committee Monday for hiring former ABC News director James Goldston to produce their primetime hearings attempting to link last year’s Capitol attack on Donald Trump
Goldston, McCarthy claims, during his time as president of ABC News, helped cover up a story that “enabled” child sex offender Jeffrey Epstein (pictured with former socialite Ghislaine Maxwell who was found guilty of child sex trafficking in 2021)
Goldston is a former president of ABC News, but before that he ran the giant operations at Good Morning America and Nightline as an executive producer.
He is now an advisor to the group of nine lawmakers that will present their case that former President Donald Trump’s efforts to undermine democracy culminated in the deadly events of January 6.
The first of six hearings will take place on Thursday at 8 p.m. and will reportedly focus on the day-to-day events of the riot and contextualizing it in Trump and his allies’ wider efforts to reverse the election.
The second is next Monday, from 10:00 pm
Goldston, a documentary filmmaker who now runs his own production company Aquitania Films, is turning the explosive event “a blockbuster investigative special,” according to Monday’s report.
James Goldston is a documentary filmmaker who previously directed Good Morning America and Nightline. He is now reportedly helping the Democrat-led Capitol Riot Commission to shape its evidence in upcoming hearings
He aims for a “rough” presentation of evidence in an effort to give it a longer life in the news cycle and “so skeptical journalists will find the material fresh.”
The former director also reportedly hopes to attract viewers beyond those who had already followed the commission’s investigation.
Among the tranche of evidence Goldston is working with are seemingly never-before-seen photos of the White House from the day of the riots, as well as videotaped statements by key witnesses.
That includes footage of Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner’s hour-long testimonies before the commission, which insiders told the Washington Post will be made for “gripping television.”
Footage will also be shown from inside the Capitol that day, of which only a fraction has reportedly been made public so far.
The panel, made up of seven Democrats and two Republicans, begins Thursday at 8 p.m. with the first in a series of six hearings.
Referring to the rise of videos, McCarthy claimed in 2019 that Goldston “destroyed” a 2016 report that contained a first-hand account from one of Epstein’s accusers.
The reporter who had the story said, according to McCarthy’s two-year-old letter, that when the story was murdered, she was told it was a “dumb story” because “nobody knows who [Epstein] is.’
Epstein was arrested in July 2019 on federal charges of sex trafficking of a minor and was found dead in his cell two months later.
Goldston announced via an internal memo in late January 2021 that he was stepping down from his top position at ABC News at the end of March, just six months after former ABC Senior Vice President for Talent and Business Barbara Fedida was ousted over charges of “racial discrimination.”
The former press officer is now helping to orchestrate congressional hearings for the high-profile Jan. 6 investigation.
A panel communications director did not respond to a request from DailyMail.com about whether Goldston is on the government payroll.
Multiple reports indicate that Republicans are mounting a heavy counter-offensive against the primetime presentation.
It’s not clear if Trump will weigh in yet, but both CNN and Axios have indicated that House GOP leadership, including minority leader Kevin McCarthy and GOP Conference Chair Rep. Elise Stefanik, will play a major role in coordinating the response.
Meanwhile, Rep. Jim Banks, chairman of the Republican Study Committee, led a separate investigation into the Capitol riot to address security concerns that led to the day’s violence.
In the committee room, however, the coverage suggests lawmakers are divided on what their own next steps should be.
After months of focusing on gathering and shaping evidence for the primetime hearings, the bipartisan panel is reportedly struggling to agree on what to do to ensure January 6 doesn’t happen again.
Some of the ideas put forward include expanding voter access through same-day registration and tightening up the Insurrection Act.
Democrat Rep. Jamie Raskin has reportedly been an enthusiastic supporter of the abolition of the electoral college.
Some of the evidence includes never-before-seen footage of the Capitol on Jan. 6, as well as new footage of the White House on that day.
On the other side is the commission’s vice chair, Liz Cheney, one of two Republicans who Axios said was “conservative” about the reforms she would like to introduce.
The commission has attempted to present a united public front, although these issues are likely to surface as they get closer to publishing a final report complete with recommendations for change.
Rep. Adam Schiff, another Democrat on the panel, said Sunday there is “a lot” that the American public has not seen that will come out during the hearings.
“Our aim is to present the story of what happened in this country, how close we came to losing our democracy, leading to that violent attack on the 6th? The American people, I think, already know a lot,” Schiff said in CBS News’ Face The Nation.
“They’ve already seen some bombshells. There’s a lot they haven’t seen.’
He added: “But perhaps most importantly, the public has not seen it intertwined, how one led to another, how one attempt to undo the election led to another and ultimately led to terrible violence, the first non-peaceful transfer of power in our history.’