Letter from Justice Dept. to Senate committee confirms federal criminal probe
December 8, 2017
The Justice Department is investigating abortion giant Planned Parenthood over claims the organization profited from an illegal baby body part trafficking ring.
Fox News confirmed a federal investigation Thursday when it obtained a letter from Justice Department Assistant Attorney General for Legislative Affairs Stephen Boyd to the Senate Judiciary Committee requesting unredacted records from the panel’s previous congressional probe into Planned Parenthood.
“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’s letter to the committee stated.
The possibility of a federal criminal probe into the organization first emerged last month when the FBI requested the unredacted documents, however, Committee Chair Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Ranking Member Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif) demanded the agency submit a letter assuring the docs would be used for an investigation.
“The letter, sent to Grassley and Feinstein on Thursday, is a rare confirmation by the Justice Department of a federal investigation,” reports Fox News.
Boyd’s letter to the Judiciary Committee continued, “At this point, the records are intended for investigative use only—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.”
The probe follows Grassley’s recommendation in December 2016 that the FBI investigate Planned Parenthood due to evidence…