Ted Cruz Uses Fox News Town Hall To Say He Would Pardon CMP's David Daleiden And Investigate Planned Parenthood
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From the February 24 edition of Fox News' The Kelly File: Face to Face with Candidates:
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MEGYN KELLY (HOST): And our next question is really interesting. Less than a month ago a grand jury right here in Houston, Texas, was investigating criminal allegations of misconduct against Planned Parenthood, captured in a series of undercover videos. Instead of indicting Planned Parenthood for anything that was in those videos, they decided to indict two of the pro-life activists who shot the footage. David Daleiden, founder of the Center for Medical Progress, was handed felony charges of tampering with a government record and a misdemeanor account related to purchasing human organs. He wasn't actually trying to purchase them, he was acting the part. Lauren Day is a big backer of religious freedom. She just drove two hours so she could stand here and ask this question. Lauren, you have the floor.
LAUREN DAY: Thank you. If David Daleiden's case became a federal one, would you pardon him?
SEN. TED CRUZ (R-TX): Lauren, thank you for asking that question. The answer is yes. And let me flesh it out a little more. Listen, as a Texan, as a Houstonian, I was deeply dismayed and disappointed to see the Harris County district attorney bringing criminal charges against someone who went undercover to expose what appears to be vast criminal conduct by Planned Parenthood. I think he performed an incredible public service and I'll tell you this. I've pledged if I'm elected president, on the very first day in office, I intend to instruct the U.S. Department of Justice to open an investigation into Planned Parenthood and to prosecute any and all criminal conduct by that organization.