According to Politico, the Justice Department is going to investigate those disturbing videos in which a Planned Parenthood official haggles over the price of fetal body parts. No, not Planned Parenthood, silly, the videographers:
JUSTICE TO PROBE CENTER FOR MEDICAL PROGRESS — While congressional committees investigate Planned Parenthood’s practices, the Justice Department agreed to look into whether the group that released the sting videos obtained the footage legally. In response to a request by House Democrats, Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Wednesday afternoon that Justice would “review all of the information and determine what the appropriate steps moving forward would be.” Planned Parenthood has staunchly defended its practices and claims that the Center for Medical Progress illegally obtained its footage, then excessively edited it to misrepresent what the organization does.
— Center Executive Director David Daleiden isn’t phased. “They will attack me and my organization all day long, but that does not change the facts about what our investigation has uncovered and what the American people now know — that Planned Parenthood is engaged in an enterprise-wide operation that traffics and sells baby body parts,” he said in a statement.
According to Fox News, the second video released by Center for Medical Progress shows a Planned Parenthood official agreeing to to sell “intact tissue” for $100 each, while sipping wine and saying she wants a Lamborghini. There may be more videos to come.
According to the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, there is no federal hidden camera law. Wiretap laws cover the interception of phone calls and other wire transmission. So, what is Lynch investigating? Whistleblowing?
In most cases, one may record one’s own conversation, secretly or otherwise. I drove a lawyer to distraction by recording my deposition in a civil case. I laid the device on the table but no one noticed till the end. My lawyer told the other lawyer it was perfectly legal in Nevada. It was a good thing I recorded it because I used it to catch errors in the transcript.
Planned Parenthood gets $500 million a year in federal funding through various programs.
Harry Reid defended Planned Parenthood and called the videos “politically motivated.”