When the Planned Parenthood “scandal” first broke, it quickly became apparent the videos allegedly showing workers talking about selling aborted fetuses for profit were edited and manipulated. Republicans, of course, were unconcerned about the video fakery because Planned Parenthood is a campaign issue and nothing else. Carly Fiorina has consistently doubled down on her claims of horrific activity she initially said the videos showed (they didn’t), but is now walking back those claims, explaining only that “it’s happening,” without providing any proof.
Now, congressional Democrats want to look into the faked videos. Among the issues, the activist who surreptitiously recorded the videos used a fake ID.
Planned Parenthood’s defenders are pressing for the anti-abortion activist, David Daleiden, whose secretly recorded videos have sparked a political bonfire, to testify before Congress.
Democrats on the House Oversight Committee are asking committee chairman Rep. Jason Chaffetz of Utah — who grilled Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards about her organization’s finances last week — to call Daleiden to explain how he allegedly pretended to be an employee of a tissue bank. The lawmakers released a list of 21 questions for Daleiden, as well as a fake ID (for a “Robert Sarkis”) he allegedly used to fool Planned Parenthood clinic officials into talking about fetal tissue donation programs.