ABC News chief Washington correspondent Jonathan Karl is the co-anchor of “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” and former president of the White House Correspondents’ Association. In his new book, “Betrayal: The Final Act of the Trump Show,” Karl, who has known the former president for nearly 30 years, takes readers deep inside the final days and bitter end of the Trump presidency.


“I think that we got much closer to a far greater crisis than we faced, and obviously we faced a tremendous crisis, unprecedented in American history. But there were many moments where things could have gone off the rails far more significantly.” (Washington Post Live)
“The question to Republicans, all Republicans, Republican leaders in Congress, Republicans’ rank and file voters, can you still support somebody who speaks out in defense of somebody that wanted to murder Vice President Pence? Who defends the murderous chants of people as they’re invading the Capitol saying hang Mike Pence? Can you still support that?” (Washington Post Live)
Karl believes Jan. 6 rioters who ransacked the Senate parliamentarian’s office were searching for state ballots–brought to Washington, D.C. that day to be certified–to destroy them in an attempt to further disrupt the election. “One of the striking things about the riot was that the room that got ransacked the most… was the parliamentarian’s office. And I believe those rioters… were searching for those ballots with the intent of destroying them.” (Washington Post Live)

Jonathan Karl

Jonathan Karl is the chief Washington correspondent for ABC News and co-anchor of This Week with George Stephanopoulos. Karl has covered every major beat in Washington, D.C., including the White House, Capitol Hill, the Pentagon, and the State Department. He has reported from the White House under four presidents and fourteen press secretaries. He is a former president of the White House Correspondents’ Association. Front Row at the Trump Show was an instant New York Times bestseller.