Rep. Elijah E. Cummings on Thursday requested financial documents from an anti-abortion rights group that secretly filmed Planned Parenthood officials and set off a controversy about the use of fetal tissue for medical research.
Cummings, the top-ranking Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said he wants to investigate whether the California-based Center for Medical Progress broke any laws in its effort to establish a front company used to gain access to Planned Parenthood officials.
“These disturbing actions raise questions about whether the Center for Medical Progress has broken federal or state laws and whether some members of Congress may have been aware of these potentially illegal activities before they were made public earlier this year,” the Baltimore lawmaker wrote.
Cummings publicized the letter after GOP leaders on the committee said they are looking into whether any federal money was used by the organization to finance fetal tissue transactions. The Center for Medical Progress has released a series of undercover videos in which officials discuss the price of fetal tissue.