"Did I look at the finances and have a hearing specifically as to the revenue portion and how they spend? Yes. Was there any wrongdoing? I didn't find any."
-- Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), chairman of the House Oversight Committee, testifying before the House Judiciary Committee about his lengthy hearing investigation Planned Parenthood.
I think I can pretty much leave things right there. There really isn't a whole lot to add. Yes, I know that people who don't like abortions will take from all this that Planned Parenthood was investigated which is probably guilt enough and that they do abortions and therefore should be defunded. What I also take from it is that the chairman investigating them said he found no wrong doing, that abortions are legal, and that Planned Parenthood does not receive one penny for abortions because it is against the law for them to.
Oh, and also the Republican chairman of the House Oversight Committee who investigated Planned Parenthood at length and grilled its president Cecille Richards for over five hours, even providing a graph that was not only missing the X-axis and therefore completely misleading, but came from an anti-abortion group (which was written directly on the graph) and not Planned Parenthood as he claimed, said -- "Was there any wrongdoing? I didn't find any."
Yes, I know that I said that, but you can't repeat it enough.
The 5-hour grilling and lengthy hearing got a huge amount of national media attention. Jason Chaffetz saying, "Was there any wronging? I didn't find any" -- enh, not so much.
But at least he did say it.
"Was there any wronging? I didn't find any."
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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