- The Washington Times - Monday, July 2, 2018

ABC News investigative correspondent Brian Ross is leaving the network months after he was suspended for an erroneous report on President Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

In a statement Monday afternoon, Mr. Ross announced that he and his producer Rhonda Schwartz were leaving the company.

“We leave with enormous gratitude for all those who supported us and helped build the industry’s most robust and honored investigative unit,” they said in a joint statement. “It is a point of great pride to see the soaring careers of so many of the talented and dedicated people who worked with us in producing hundreds of ground-breaking investigative reports that empowered the disenfranchised, exposed corruption and helped make our society a better place.

“While we are signing off from ABC News, we are hardly leaving investigative journalism. There is much more to do.”

Mr. Ross was suspended for a month without pay in December after reporting that Mr. Flynn was preparing to testify that the president had directed him to make contact with Russian officials during his presidential campaign.

Until today, Mr. Ross hadn’t tweeted since his suspension, when he wrote: “My job is to hold people accountable and that’s why I agree with being held accountable myself.”

• Jessica Chasmar can be reached at jchasmar@washingtontimes.com.

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