During a hearing of the House Judiciary Committee regarding Oversight of the Dept. of Justice, Arizona Rep. Franks (R) asked Sessions about a news report published by The Hill which indicated the FBI maybe investigating Planned Parenthood based on allegations the organization profits from the sale of the body parts of aborted babies.
Sessions replied, “It depends on the substance of those congressional findings, but they certainly can provide a basis for starting an investigation – verifying the findings of the Congress – and could provide a basis for charges.”
The investigations are concerned with allegations of profiteering from the sale of fetal tissue that arose from an undercover video series exposé by the “Center for Medical Progress.” The sale or purchase of human fetal tissue is a felony punishable by up to ten years in prison or a fine of up to $500,000.
The Senate Judiciary Committee referred Planned Parenthood to both the FBI and the Justice Department for investigation and possible criminal prosecution. Based on its findings, the Committee’s report concluded that Planned Parenthood’s partners in biomedical procurement industry paid the abortion chain’s affiliates for the body parts of aborted babies “and then sold the fetal tissue to their respective customers at substantially higher prices than their documented costs.”