House Oversight Committee Chairman (and would-be Speaker) Jason Chaffetz admitted
that his probe into the finances of Planned Parenthood turned up zilch.
"Did I look at the finances and have a hearing specifically as to the revenue portion and how they spend? Yes. Was there any wrongdoing? I didn't find any," he said during a Judiciary Committee hearing on the family planning provider.
Chaffetz, a candidate for House speaker, grilled Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards during a five-hour hearing last week. He questioned her salary, asked about the organization's expenses and revenues, and pressed Richards on why the group had revenue of $127 million last year if it's a nonprofit. (Nonprofits put their revenues back into their programs.)
But after all that, he concluded that Planned Parenthood isn't doing anything sketchy with its money. "Did we find any wrongdoing? The answer was no," Chaffetz said.
So does that mean Chaffetz is giving up on investigating Planned Parenthood and how they are using federal funds
, which is supposedly what all this is supposed to be about? Of course not! "I think there will continue to be investigations," he said. But, remember, this isn't about politics
No, they just need to make sure that there's nothing fishy going on with taxpayer dollars at Planned Parenthood. And every time they find out that there isn't, they have to double-down on the investigating. In fact, they have to keep investigating that—even without evidence—until November 2016. But it's not politics.