While most of Congress and the press was busy lighting their hair on fire over the race for the speakership, Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz let it slip that his committee hasn't uncovered any evidence against Planned Parenthood.
"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," he said during a Judiciary Committee hearing on the family planning provider. [...]
"Did we find any wrongdoing? The answer was no," Chaffetz said.
Planned Parenthood is accused of selling fetal tissue for profit on some kind of underground black market, but if the Oversight Committee examined the company's finances and found no evidence of wrongdoing, what else is there left to investigate?
No subsequent hearing or investigation will uncover evidence of wrongdoing, but this inquisition has barely even begun.
Chaffetz said Thursday that he still supports digging into Planned Parenthood's activities, even if they're using their money appropriately.
"I think there will continue to be investigations," he said.
This should be taken as an admission that any further investigation will not actually be based on the initial accusations levied against Planned Parenthood.
No members have been appointed to the Select Planned Parenthood Committee yet, but the committee is already morphing into something unrelated to the videos that prompted its creation.