(CNSNews.com) - "Yes." Sen. Ted Cruz says he would pardon David Daleiden, given the opportunity to do that. Daleiden is the man who went undercover to expose Planned Parenthood officials discussing the harvesting of aborted baby body parts.
"As a Texan and a Houstonian, I was deeply dismayed and disappointed to see the Harris County (Texas) district attorney bringing criminal charges against someone who went undercover to expose what appears to be vast criminal conduct by Planned Parenthood," Cruz told Fox News's "Kelly File" Wednesday night.
Cruz said he thinks Daleiden performed an "incredible public service" by posing as someone who wanted to purchase the fetal organs and tissue.
"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."
Kelly asked Cruz about Donald Trump's comment this past Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press." "Planned Parenthood does...a really good job in a lot of different areas. But not on abortion," Trump said on Sunday. "So I'm not going to fund it if it's doing the abortion. I am not going to fund it."
Cruz disagreed that Planned Parenthood does "a really good job."
"Planned Parenthood is the nation's largest abortionist. Millions of unborn boys and girls have never breathed a breath of air because of Planned Parenthood," Cruz said.
"And you know what these videos showed? It is a federal criminal offense, it's a felony, to sell the body parts of unborn children for profit. These videos showed Planned Parenthood, by all appearances, doing that.
"It appears Planned Parenthood is a national criminal enterprise, committing multiple felonies. Now, the Obama Justice Department is so partisan and politicized, they won't investigate it.
"And I gotta say, anyone that...rhapsodizes about how wonderful they think Planned Parenthood is -- listen, we're going to have to respectfully disagree.
"I don't think a criminal enterprise taking the lives of millions of unborn children is wonderful in any way, shape or form, and I don't think they should get federal taxpayer dollars."
The Harris County grand jury indicted both Daleiden, the founder of the Center for Medical Progress, and his colleague Sandra Merritt, for “tampering with a government record,” in this case, using fake California drivers' licenses to get into the clinics. Daleiden also faces a misdemeanor charge for attempting to purchase human organs, although he was simply posing as a purchaser.
Planned Parenthood denies any wrongdoing. It says the videos were selectively edited to give the misleading impression that it profits from the sale of fetal tissue. The Texas grand jury did not indict Planned Parenthood.
Planned Parenthood Video: ‘It Was a Twin … Intestines Are Here,’ Eyeballs ‘Are So Easy … They Come Out, Like, Firmer’
Planned Parenthood Video: 'Its Heart is Beating...It Had a Face...We're Going to Procure a Brain'
Attorney: Indictment of Center for Medical Progress Videographers ‘Clearly Political and Meritless’