Congressman: Daleiden indictment like an ‘episode of the X-Files’
WASHINGTON, D.C., January 27, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – The indictment of two undercover investigators for attempting to purchase human organs works better as science fiction, according to an outspoken pro-life member of Congress.
“It appears another episode of the X-Files is being filmed in Houston,” said Rep. Trent Franks, a Republican from neighboring Arizona, referring to the newly revived science fiction series dealing with aliens and the unexplained.
Its motto was: “The truth is out there.”
Somehow, “a grand jury has indicted David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt for purchasing something Planned Parenthood refuses to acknowledge it is selling: human baby body parts.”
David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt face up to 20 years in prison for using false identification. Daleiden posed as Robert Sarkis and Merritt said she was Susan Tennenbaum, corporate executives for a phony biological business named Biomax.
They also allegedly attempted to buy aborted babies' organs and tissue. However, the Harris County grand jury failed to indict Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, whose representatives were filmed discussing how to draw up “line items” to receive payment.
“Every journalist in this country should now be worried about their First Amendment rights,” Congressman Franks said, since the 30-month-long CMP operation employed the same “tactics that have been utilized for decades by reporters and investigators.”
In addition to chilling free speech, some pro-life leaders have raised concerns that this prosecution will deter other whistleblowers from testifying about crimes and human rights abuses for fear of heavy-handed legal retribution.
Despite mainstream media reports that Republicans were attempting to distance themselves from Daleiden and CMP, Franks expressed his resolute support.
"I remain firmly committed in my support for David and his work to uncover the unspeakable desecration of human dignity by Planned Parenthood and its officials,” he said.
One of the key members of the Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives agreed members would not alter their course.
“The mission of our investigation has not changed,” said Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-TN. “We will continue to gather information and get the facts about medical practices of abortion service providers and the business practices of the procurement organizations who sell baby body parts...and follow the facts to defend life."
In addition to Congressional action, Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast remains under criminal investigation by the state of Texas, according to Gov.Greg Abbott and state Attorney General Ken Paxton.