The GOP Tries To Get Answers From Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards

During a marathon hearing on Tuesday, Republicans took on Planned Parenthood President and CEO Cecile Richards over undercover videos that implied the group was selling fetal tissue for profit.

The group was led by Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah). Rep. John Duncan Jr. (R-Tenn.) told Richards, “It seemed to me that your apology was like what some criminals do. They’re not really sorry for what they’ve done, they’re sorry they got caught. It seems to be your apology is because you got caught."

Some of the questions came from the 31 Republicans who threatened to shut down the government as they try to defund Planned Parenthood. Richards said, “I think we’re going to have to agree to disagree."

The chairman then unleashed a new line of attack, accusing Planned Parenthood of misspending more than $40 million in federal dollars on “lavish” travel, “lucrative” salaries and parties with themes like “Chocolate Champagne” and “Murder Mystery.” Chaffetz said, “You don’t need federal dollars to do this."

Richards, who has been an executive with Planned Parenthood for nearly 10 years, told lawmakers "I'm not trying to be argumentative. The outrageous accusations leveled against Planned Parenthood, based on heavily doctored videos, are offensive and categorically untrue."

Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) said, “I’ve never seen a witness beaten up and questioned about their salary. I find it totally inappropriate and discriminatory.”

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