Democrats pressure Ryan to disband Planned Parenthood committee

Democrats pressure Ryan to disband Planned Parenthood committee

Dozens of Democratic lawmakers are urging Speaker Paul RyanPaul RyanOvernight Defense: Pentagon sees signs of chemical weapons activity in Syria | House votes to reaffirm NATO defense pact | Saudis refuse to ease Qatar demands Overnight Finance: GOP divided over welfare cuts in budget | Lawmaker loses M on pharma stock he pitched | Yellen says another financial crisis unlikely in our lifetimes Overnight Healthcare: Senate delays ObamaCare vote past recess | Trump says GOP 'very close' to deal | Three more senators come out against bill MORE (R-Wis.) to disband an investigation into Planned Parenthood after a grand jury recently cleared the group of any wrongdoing.

Two dozen Democratic senators signed a letter to Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellMore than 300 abuse victim support groups oppose GOP healthcare bill Dem lawmaker: GOP healthcare battle is like the Titantic Behind closed doors, tensions in the GOP MORE (R-Ky.) accusing the party of a politically motivated “witch hunt” against the organization. Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders: FBI inquiry of wife is 'pathetic' attack Why UK millennials voting for socialism could happen here, too WATCH LIVE: Senate Dems hold ‘People’s Filibuster’ against ObamaCare repeal MORE (I-Vt.), who is running for president, also signed the letter.

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Over the last year, Planned Parenthood has been accused of wrongdoing in its fetal tissue donation program after the release of a series of undercover videos.

A grand jury in Houston, Texas — appointed by the state’s Republican governor — announced earlier this month that it did not find evidence of wrongdoing in the videos.

Instead, the grand jury decided to indict the creators of those videos, who are part of the Center for Medical Progress.

Rep. Jan Schakowsky (Ill.), the top Democrat on the House committee investigating Planned Parenthood, called the grand jury’s decision “really amazing,” highlighting the highly unusual move of exonerating the accused and indicting the accuser.

“It’s as if nothing happened,” she said. “So far, we see no willingness to end it.”

The letter was sent to GOP leaders on the same day that the House plans another vote to defund Planned Parenthood. The House will vote Tuesday afternoon to override President Obama's veto of a bill repealing ObamaCare and defunding the reproductive health provider. 

Schakowsky said the committee has not involved Democrats in any planning and has not identified any goals over the next year: “It’s unclear how they plan to proceed.”