The Justice Department is investigating abortion giant Planned Parenthood over claims the organization profited from an illegal baby body part trafficking ring.
Fox News confirmed a federal investigation Thursday when it obtained a letter from Justice Department Assistant Attorney General for Legislative Affairs Stephen Boyd to the Senate Judiciary Committee requesting unredacted records from the panel’s previous congressional probe into Planned Parenthood.
“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’s letter to the committee stated.
The possibility of a federal criminal probe into the organization first emerged last month when the FBI requested the unredacted documents, however, Committee Chair Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Ranking Member Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif) demanded the agency submit a letter assuring the docs would be used for an investigation.
“The letter, sent to Grassley and Feinstein on Thursday, is a rare confirmation by the Justice Department of a federal investigation,” reports Fox News.
Boyd’s letter to the Judiciary Committee continued, “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.”
The probe follows Grassley’s recommendation in December 2016 that the FBI investigate Planned Parenthood due to evidence showing the organization had benefited financially from an illegal baby body part trafficking scheme.
“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 stated at the time. “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.”
Probes into Planned Parenthood were first prompted by a 2015 14-video exposé from the Center for Medical Progress (CMP), which had undercover journalists posing as baby organ buyers secretly video tape high-level Planned Parenthood operatives discussing profiting from the barbarous trade.
In one video, CMP journalists captured Dr. Mary Gatter, president of the medical directors’ council at the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, haggling over baby body part prices and at one point exclaiming she wanted to use the profits to purchase a Lamborghini.
A statement from CMP indicates the group is pleased with the revelation of a federal probe.
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. Since then, two Congressional investigations found even deeper wrongdoing and confirmed that Planned Parenthood Federation of America, several of their biggest affiliates, and multiple business partners broke the law in a profit-driven scheme to commodify dismembered baby body parts. It is time for public officials to finally hold Planned Parenthood and their criminal abortion enterprise accountable under the law.
Planned Parenthood has maintained its innocence saying they “strongly” disagreed with Grassley’s recommendation and what they did was perfectly legal, “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.”
An overview of President Trump’s 2018 Fiscal Year Budget includes a statement affirming the administration intends to follow through on a campaign promise to defund Planned Parenthood.