Brian Ross, former ABC News investigative reporter, finds new job with digital outlet
WASHINGTON (Circa) -- Brian Ross and his producer Rhonda Schwartz have signed a new deal to join the Law and Crime Network, an online network that aims to be the next Court TV.
The network is owned by the host of A&E's "Live PD" and ABC News legal analyst Dan Abrams.
Ross and Schwartz made this move after leaving ABC in July. Ross faced scrutiny after mistakingly reporting that Gen. Michael Flynn would testify against President Trump. Ross reported at the time that Flynn would say Trump directed him to get in contact with Russian authorities before the 2016 campaign. The Dow Jones dropped 350 points after Ross' report was released.
The directive by Trump actually happened after the president was elected.
ABC suspended him for four weeks due to his mistake and he was transferred away from the news division to a production company owned by ABC. He was also banned from covering Trump any further.
President Trump tweeted about Ross' mistake on December 2nd saying, "Congratulations to @ABC News for suspending Brian Ross for his horrendously inaccurate and dishonest report on the Russia, Russia, Russia Witch Hunt. More Networks and “papers” should do the same with their Fake News!"
Ross, who was a frequent mainstay on "GMA" and "World News Tonight," will serve as the network's chief investigative reporter. He will also host a weekly program known as "Brian Ross Investigates."
The former ABC reporter has won 7 duPonts, 6 Peabody’s, 6 Polks, the 2014 Harvard Goldsmith Prize and 17 Emmy’s, according to the network's announcement.