Conspiracy Theory

What is Dead May Never Die

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

It's been more than two years since Planned Parenthood was accused of trafficking in body parts; two years since the accusation was conclusively debunked, but the Jeff Sessions Justice Department is opening a new investigation of the matter.

The department is apparently acting on the recommendation of a handful of Republican senators who called for an investigation a year ago.

The head of Justice’s office of legislative affairs has sent a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee asking for documents from its investigation of Planned Parenthood’s fetal tissue practices. The Daily Beast reviewed the letter, which says the requested documents are “for investigative use.” [...]

The Justice Department’s request refers to a report that the Senate Judiciary Committee Republicans released last December, called “Human Fetal Tissue Research: Context and Controversy.”

The idea that Planned Parenthood runs a black market for fetuses wasn't just debunked, there were actual legal consequences for the people responsible for spreading the conspiracy theory in the first place. Moreover, several states tried to defund Planned Parenthood after the conspiracy videos were released and each of them lost in court. Some states were even forced to reimburse Planned Parenthood for legal costs.

How much time and money will the Justice Department waste chasing ghosts?

Ordinarily I'd say it's a good thing if Trump's Justice Department wastes their time, but this isn't an ordinary case. Republicans have control of the government now and even the most minuscule or irrelevant detail could be used to justify attacking Planned Parenthood again.

  • That is not dead which can eternal lie

  • Draxiar

    I think some clever smartass should make a video of Chewbacca walking into The White House and claim that Wookiee’s are releasing Ewoks to cause havoc in the halls and see if an investigation is called for. It’s every bit as plausible as the debunked black market fetal parts fiction!

  • muselet

    How much time and money will the Justice Department waste chasing ghosts?

    The next midterm elections are 333 days away as I type this (the next presidential election is 1061 days from today), and the annual budget for the Department of Justice is round about $28 million. So, that much of each.

    –alopecia

  • Nefercat

    Gee, today’s vindictive stupidity brought to you by the same drooling morons that bring it every day. Until trump was “elected”, I never felt the urge on a daily basis to just slap the living snot (metaphorically of course) out of every damn brainless chucklehead who bleated about Clinton’s emails, alleged hawkishness, talks to Goldman Sachs, and on and on, and then prattled on about how they would stay home or vote third party because, really, trump would not be any worse.

    And the best candidates for metaphorical slapping would have to be the cretinous drooling turds who whined that she didn’t waste campaign funds to visit every special fucking snowflake personally.

    My rural corner of winter wonderhell will never be visited by any politician. If only there were a way I could access their speeches, debates, policy positions, and learn how they would help me (or not) if elected. Oh, wait, there is because it’s the 21st fucking century and we have the internet, for now, anyway.

  • 1933john

    It’s just another “Red Herring”.

  • swift_4

    Why do they keep attacking over and over with claims they know are false and make them look stupid? They did it to Hillary for three decades and…oh, yeah.

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