There’s very little the religious right loves more than fake outrage, and the heavily edited video of a Planned Parenthood official supposedly discussing the prices of fetal tissue has provided that in spades. Numerous GOP officials are diving in, and two House committees have even agreed to launch an investigation.
There’s just one problem: according to CQ Roll Call, some Republican lawmakers knew about the video months before it was released.
Lies, Damned Lies, and ‘Pro-Lifers’
The heavily edited video emerged on July 14, and it was released by the Center for Medical Progress, a group that Talking Points Memo says appears to have ties with the anti-abortion group Live Action.
It supposedly shows a Planned Parenthood official discussing how the organization procures fetal tissue for researchers, and caused a massive burst of outrage when it hit the Internet. Numerous right-wing sources have ran with the video, and Fox News is leading the charge.
The House Energy and Commerce subcommittee agreed to hold a kangaroo court for Planned Parenthood, and several GOPers have called for state and federal investigations.
If it seems all too convenient, that’s because it might well be: several senators involved with the outrage were given a pre-screening months ago, long before the outrage erupted.
“I saw it and he said he was going to post it eventually”
According to CQ Roll Call, at least two members of the Congressional Pro-Life Caucus have admitted to seeing the video weeks before it was released.
One of them, Representative Trent Franks (R-AZ), told CQ that he’d seen it a month before the public release, but didn’t act on the supposed revelations because, “the hope was to have as much information as possible so that the authorities could be notified effectively before the media.”
The other GOPer, Tim Murphy (R-PA), said that he saw the video weeks ago — initially. He tried to walk back on his comments later, telling CQ Roll Call, “This interview didn’t happen.” His spokeswoman clarified, claiming that he wanted to do his “due diligence” before he launched the investigation.
CQ Roll Call quoted Murphy in their piece:
CQ Roll Call: So, what I wondered was, what’s happened in those few weeks? Why is it coming out now and not earlier?”
Murphy: “Um, I don’t know why. All I know is I saw it and he said he was going to post it eventually, so that’s all I know.
Murphy is the chairman of the Energy and Commerce subcommittee in the House, which announced Wednesday that it would investigate the claims made in the video.
Franks, meanwhile, is a member of the House Judiciary Committee. That particular committee also announced on Wednesday that it would be investigating, as have Texas and Louisiana.
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