Chaffetz Clears Planned Parenthood of Any Wrongdoing
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…So Why Are There Now 5 Investigations?
Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Rep. Chaffetz, has now twice assertedthat there is no evidence that Planned Parenthood broke the law or did anything wrong. At yesterday’s Judiciary Committee hearing, in regards to the Committee’s investigation into Planned Parenthood, Chaffetz said, “Did we find any wrongdoing? The answer was no.”
This concession came a week after he made the same admission to Wolf Blitzer. Wolf Blitzer asked, “Is there any evidence, In your opinion, that Planned Parenthood has broken any law?” Chaffetz responded saying, “No, I’m not suggesting that they broke the law.”
Despite the admission by Rep. Chaffetz, this week saw the creation of a special committee to investigate Planned Parenthood --- this is in addition to the four committees already. This goes to show just how political these investigations are.
As Rep. Xavier Becerra says, “I defy anyone to explain what the basis for the Planned Parenthood assault is. What’s the basis for a congressional investigation when even [Chaffetz] says he is not suggesting there was any violation of law?”
Extreme politicians had made clear these investigations are entirely political nearly a month ago when they conceded that even if Planned Parenthood didn’t break the law, they still want to attack it. “The issue is not whether there’s been a crime committed or not,” said Rep. Ted Poe.
The last six consecutive legislative weeks that saw multiple hearings, six floor votes, and five committee investigations are not about the facts or a real investigation. It’s about extreme politicians and their obsession with banning abortion, restricting access to reproductive healthcare, and defunding Planned Parenthood.
As Rep. Nadler said in a Judiciary hearing, "Mr. Chairman, if you had any evidence, you would have brought [the Center for Medical Progress] to testify before the committee. You didn't and you don't have that confidence."
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