The Justice Department is moving to investigate Planned Parenthood on the organization's fetal tissue practices, according to a letter sent to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday.
In the letter obtained by The Hill, the department requests unsolved documents from the 2016 panel investigation of Planned Parenthood on claims that the organization benefited from the transfer of tissues and body parts from aborted fetuses to signatures research.
Sen. Chuck Grbadley Charles (Chuck) Ernest GrbadleyGrbadley criticizes Democrats for lack of willingness to probe Clinton GOP and Dems bitterly divided by immigration Thanks to the farm lobby, USA. UU He has a broken ethanol policy MORE (R-Iowa), who chairs the committee, forwarded Planned Parenthood to the FBI last December, saying at that time that his committee had discovered sufficient evidence for the FBI to investigate the claims.
Hill reported last month that the FBI had asked Senate for the documents it obtained from abortion providers, indicating that agents may be investigating the organization.
The letter sent on Thursday indicates that the Department of Justice intends to conduct a "comprehensive and exhaustive evaluation" of the Grbadley report.
point out, these records are intended for investigative use only, "he adds.
The news of the letter was first reported by The Daily Beast.
Planned Parenthood criticized the claims about "Unfounded" in a statement last month, arguing that the investigation was part of a "widely discredited attempt" to close abortion care in the organization.
"Planned Parenthood is in total disagreement with the recommendations of the Republican Senate. staff to refer this matter to the Department of Justice, especially in light of the fact that the investigations of three other congressional committees, and investigations in 13 states including a Grand Jury in Texas, have shown that Planned Parenthood did nothing wrong. " , said Dana Singiser, Vice President of Government Affairs for Planned Parenthood Federation of America.
"These accusations they are baseless and part of a widely discredited attempt to end access to reproductive health care at Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood will never, and never will, benefit from making it easier for their patients to choose to donate fetal tissue for use in major medical research. "