ABC Suspends Reporter Brian Ross Over Erroneous Report About Trump

Brian Ross, the chief investigative correspondent for ABC News, has been suspended for four weeks without pay after incorrectly reporting that Michael T. Flynn, the former national security adviser, would testify that President Trump had directed him to make contact with Russian officials while Mr. Trump was still a candidate, the network announced on Saturday.

Mr. Trump had in fact directed him to make contact after the election, as president-elect, the network said. ABC initially issued a clarification after Mr. Ross made the statement during a broadcast on Friday, but on Saturday the network called it a “serious error.”

“We deeply regret and apologize for the serious error we made yesterday,” ABC said in a statement. “The reporting conveyed by Brian Ross during the special report had not been fully vetted through our editorial standards process.”

Content originally published on https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/02/us/brian-ross-suspended-abc.html by VIVIAN WANG