Chaffetz Launches Probe of Planned Parenthood

House Oversight chief Jason Chaffetz demands to know whether federal funding was used by Planned Parenthood in any exchange of fetal tissue.

Reports The Hill:

House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) asked the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) about the issue over the weekend and requested a full breakdown of funding to the group.

Planned Parenthood received more than $500 million from the government during the last fiscal year. Chaffetz and Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), who leads the panel’s healthcare subcommittee, noted the figure in their letter to HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell, made public on Monday.

“It is not clear whether Planned Parenthood used any federal funds to support transactions involving fetal tissue,” the pair wrote. In another letter to Planned Parenthood’s Cecile Richards, they asked for information relating to the group’s funding as well as expenditures, including a list of the highest-paid employees going back to 2010.

Their letters came days after a sixth undercover video focused on Planned Parenthood was released. Many of the videos have shown officials with the organization talking about the price of fetal tissue.