Cruz: I Would Order DOJ to Open Investigation into Planned Parenthood

Penny Starr | September 25, 2015 | 3:15pm EDT
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Republican presidential contender Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) ( Starr)

( – GOP presidential contender Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) told the Values Voter Summit on Friday in Washington, D.C., that if he is elected president, he would issue an order to the Department of Justice to investigate Planned Parenthood Federation of America in the wake undercover videos showing its top medical staff discussing the harvest and sale of organs collected from aborted babies.

“The second thing I intend to do on my first day in office is instruct the Department of Justice to open an investigation into Planned Parenthood and these horrible videos, and to prosecute any and all criminal conduct by that organization,” said Cruz, who said reversing Obama’s “illegal and unconstitutional executive action(s)” would be his first act as president.


“The administration of justice should be blind to party of ideology,” Cruz added.

“The only fidelity of the Department of Justice should be to the laws and the Constitution of the United States of America,” he said.

The rest of Cruz’s “to do” list on the first day of his presidency include: “instruct the Department of Justice and the IRS and every other federal agency that the persecution of religious liberty ends today,” “rip to shreds” any nuclear deal reached with Iran, and move the American Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

“That’s day one,” Cruz quipped, adding that he has plenty of time to accomplish his other goals – repealing Obamacare, securing the border and implementing a flat tax - in his first, and possibly second, term in office.

“By the end of eight years, this ballroom is going to be a whole lot bigger, and by the end of eight years, there are going to be a whole lot of reporters and newspaper editors and journalists who’ve checked themselves into therapy,” Cruz told the crowd.

The primary sponsor of the Values Voter Summit is FRC Action, the legislative arm of the Family Research Council. It was created in 2006 as a “forum to help inform and mobilize citizens across America to preserve the bedrock values of traditional marriage, religious liberty, sanctity of life and limited government that make our nation strong.”

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