While Planned Parenthood got off the hook under the Obama administration for allegedly violating the law with the illegal sale of body parts, President Trump’s Justice Department means business.
A federal investigation into Planned Parenthood and the sale of fetal tissue is underway at the Justice Department, Fox News reported.
A formal request for unredacted documents from the Senate Judiciary Committee, which led the congressional investigation into the group, was made by Justice Department Assistant Attorney General for Legislative Affairs Stephen Boyd.
“The Department of Justice appreciates the offer of assistance in obtaining these materials, and would like to request the Committee provide unredacted copies of records contained in the report, in order to further the Department’s ability to conduct a thorough and comprehensive assessment of that report based on the full range of information available,” Boyd wrote in a letter obtained by Fox News.
A letter was needed by Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., to ensure that the documents, first requested by the FBI last month, would be used for investigative purposes, Fox News reported.
“At this point, the records are intended for investigative use only—we understand that a resolution from the Senate may be required if the Department were to use any of the unredacted materials in a formal legal proceeding, such as a grand jury,” Boyd wrote.
Grassley had referred Planned Parenthood to the FBI for investigation in the committee’s final report in December 2016.
“The report documents the failure of the Department of Justice, across multiple administrations, to enforce the law that bans the buying and selling of human fetal tissue,” Grassley wrote. “It also documents substantial evidence suggesting that the specific entities involved in the recent controversy, and/or individuals employed by those entities, may have violated that law.”
Undercover videos were made and released in 2015 by the pro-life Center for Medical Progress documenting undercover investigators trying to buy fetal tissue from Planned Parenthood. The organization denied any wrongdoing or unethical actions and objected to further investigation, “especially in light of the fact that the investigations by three other Congressional committees, and investigations in 13 states including a Grand Jury in Texas, have all shown that Planned Parenthood did nothing wrong.”
Center for Medical Progress leader and activist, David Daleiden, who was charged with 15 felonies for the undercover videos, thinks it’s high time that Planned Parenthood be held accountable.
“Over two years ago, citizen journalists at The Center for Medical Progress first caught Planned Parenthood’s top abortion doctors in a series of undercover videos callously and flippantly negotiating the sale of tiny baby hearts, lungs, livers, and brains,” Daleiden said Thursday. “It is time for public officials to finally hold Planned Parenthood and their criminal abortion enterprise accountable under the law.”
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