The Justice Department is moving to investigate Planned Parenthood over the organization's fetal tissue practices, according to a letter sent to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday.
Justice Department Assistant Attorney General for Legislative Affairs Stephen Boyd requested unredacted documents from the Senate Judiciary Committee, the same panel that spearheaded the original investigation into the abortion giant.
"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 the letter sent Thursday, Dec. 7, cited Fox.
In his correspondence, Brower apologized to Grassley "for the delay in responding to your inquiry" and indicated receipt of the chairman's letter, dated April 24, to both former FBI Director James Comey and Attorney General Jeff Sessions "concerning criminal referrals you made on December 13, 2016, to the FBI and Department of Justice". "At this point, these records are intended for investigative use only", said the letter.
Planned Parenthood, at the time, intensely rejected the claims that it had acted unethically or illegally, Fox reported.
In the committee's final report entitled "Human Fetal Tissue Research: Context and Controversy" published in December 2016, Grassley urged the FBI to investigate Planned Parenthood.
However, an official with the organization said in a statement last month Planned Parenthood had never profited from facilitating its patients' choice to donate fetal tissue for use in medical research.
Grassley also criticized the Justice Department for not properly doing its job.
The Hill reported last month that the Federal Bureau of Investigation had asked the Senate for documents it obtained from abortion providers, signaling that agents may be investigating the organization. "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".
The news of the federal investigation has been welcomed by pro-life advocates such as Lila Rose, who heads Live Action. "Congress should immediately halt any money to the abortion giant until the FBI completes their investigation".