"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.
"Given this investigation, Congress should refuse to give another cent of its over $400 billion in annual federal funding to Planned Parenthood", said Perkins. CMP founder David Daleiden is now under indictment in California.
On Thursday, the Justice Department reportedly asked Sens. The allegations arose following a 2015 undercover video shot by the conservative Center for Medical Progress, which purports to show Planned Parenthood staff discussing compensation for fetuses. "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".
Daleiden is facing criminal charges and two civil lawsuits for recording Planned Parenthood and National Abortion Federation employees without their consent - which is illegal in California - as well as creating and using fake IDs and setting up a phony corporation to gain access to them.
Planned Parenthood is accused of selling fetal tissue for profit.
In the letter obtained by The Hill, the department requests unredacted documents from the panel's 2016 probe into Planned Parenthood over claims that the organization profited off the transfer of tissue and body parts from aborted fetuses to research firms.
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Specifically, the Committee noted in its report that StemExpress, Advanced Bioscience Resources (ABR) and Novogenics Laboratories purchased the bodily organs of aborted babies from the Planned Parenthood locations, and then resold them at substantially higher prices.
The footage is now under a court seal that prohibits its release, due to previous incidents of violence and threats of violence against Planned Parenthood and NAF employees related to the claims made in the videos.
Democrats on Capitol Hill castigated the department for the "flagrant politicization of its mission", as Representative Jerrold Nadler of NY, the top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, put it.
Chairman Chuck Grassley had referred the case to the Federal Bureau of Investigation for criminal prosecution in December of 2016, but the Justice Department ignored it. The redacted records could only be shared with the DOJ if the Department requested them. "It's not very often we come across something that might warrant an investigation by the Justice Department".
"We applaud any action by the DOJ to follow the evidence where it leads - and the Senate Judiciary report reveals substantial evidence suggesting Planned Parenthood profits from the sale of baby body parts", said Lila Rose, the president of Live Action, a pro-life non-profit organization. "Senator Grassley's report attempts to paint a nefarious picture of the simple re-formatting of a document-showing once again that there is no actual wrongdoing to point to". "After the #PlannedParenthood videos surfaced, it was clear their practices warranted an investigation", Barletta added.
The statement went on to cite several congressional investigations and more than a dozen state investigations into Planned Parenthood, none of which found any concrete evidence of the health provider profiting from fetal tissue. "As investigation after investigation has shown, Planned Parenthood has done nothing wrong".