Burwell: ‘I Have Not Seen the Videos,’ Let DOJ Investigate

Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell told Congress on Thursday that she has not seen a series of secretly-taped videos appearing to show Planned Parenthood officials negotiating the sale of aborted baby parts to people posing as buyers.

She also said HHS would not investigate any legal matter involving Planned Parenthood, but would defer those questions to the Justice Department.

“There are laws and there are statutes that guide the use of fetal tissue that are in place and should be enforced,” Burwell told the House Education and the Workforce Committee. “With regard to investigating or looking into those issues, as I said, because it is a statutory, legal issue, the Department of Justice and the attorney general has said she is taking those issues under review and will decide what the appropriate next step is.”