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Brian Ross Suspension At ABC Is Up But He’s Not Returning To Work

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Amber Randall Civil Rights Reporter

An ABC News journalist who botched a report on the president and Russia has not yet returned to work despite his four-week suspension being over, according to a Thursday report.

ABC News investigative journalist Brian Ross received a four-week suspension after he published a false report claiming former national security adviser Mike Flynn was preparing to testify that President Donald Trump told him to make connections with the Russians, Fox News reported.

Ross was supposed to return by now from his four-week punishment, but has yet to do so, according to Fox News. An ABC News spokesperson also refused to comment on when or if the veteran journalist would be returning to the network at all.

Ross has a history of making mistakes in his reporting. The Mike Flynn story, relying on a single anonymous source, caused the stock market to plummet. A story of his wrongly claimed the Aurora, Colo., mass shooter was a member of the Tea Party movement, while another of his stories incorrectly linked a series of anthrax attacks to Iraq.

ABC News apologized for the incorrect report on Mike Flynn, with the ABC News president telling the staff that he was “furious” about the error.

“It is vital we get the story right and retain the trust we have built with our audience –- these are our core principles. We fell far short of that yesterday. Effective immediately, Brian Ross will be suspended for four weeks without pay,” the network said in its original statement.

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