WASHINGTON, D.C., September 21, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) — The man behind exposé videos rocking America’s largest abortion provider says a Democratic staffer is lying about reaching out to him to appear as a congressional witness.
“Planned Parenthood's cronies in the Judiciary Democrat offices are lying to you,” Center for Medical Progress (CMP) founder David Daleiden told LifeSiteNews. “I have had no contact with them whatsoever.”
Daleiden was referencing Congress' first hearing on the fetal harvesting scandal exposed by CMP. Democrats had criticized Republicans for not inviting Daleiden, but a GOP Judiciary spokesperson told LifeSiteNews that “neither Planned Parenthood nor CMP were invited to today’s hearing” by Republicans because “the…hearing is focused on the testimony from victims and experts on this issue in order for Members and the American people to understand what issues the Committee is examining throughout its investigation.”
The GOP spokesperson said that “the minority had the opportunity to invite a witness of their choice, but did not invite a representative from either organization.”
House Judiciary Committee Democratic staffer Stephanie Baez told LifeSiteNews at the time of the hearing that “it’s important to note that we did reach out to CMP to discuss the hearing with David Daleiden and intended to ask him to be our witness if that conversation were to have taken place.”
“Daleiden did not return our call,” Baez e-mailed. She did not return multiple requests for comment about Daleiden's accusations.
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On Thursday, Colorado Democratic Rep. Diana Degette criticized Republicans on the House Energy & Commerce Committee for not inviting representatives of CMP to swear under oath as to whether the full investigative videos placed online by CMP are unedited.
However, a committee aide said CMP's videos were not the focus of the hearing; two pro-life bills to protect babies born due to botched abortions were.
The Energy & Commerce Committee's Democratic staff did not respond to a request for comment as to whether Daleiden was invited to testify.
“None of the committees have asked me to testify at any hearings so far,” Daleiden stated. “I never received an invitation from them to attend the hearing.”