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‘Egregious Act of Collusion’: Pro-Life Activist Responds to District Attorney’s Office Sharing Confidential Footage With Planned Parenthood

“You don’t give a witness of an event the video of the event prior to their testimony.”

Image source: YouTube, the Center for Medical Progress

An attorney for Planned Parenthood received the Center for Medical Progress' raw footage from the Harris County District Attorney’s office in civil and criminal cases against the founder of the pro-life group, according to court documents.

A Harris County grand jury indicted David Daleiden, the founder of the Center for Medical Progress and his associate Sandra Merritt earlier this year for their roles in the release of controversial undercover videos of Planned Parenthood executives appearing to negotiate the price of aborted fetal body parts "per specimen."

The district attorney's office was forbidden from sharing the footage with Planned Parenthood by the Texas Attorney General's office, due to their ongoing investigation.

In an interview Wednesday, Daleiden told TheBlaze’s Dana Loesch that by sharing information with Planned Parenthood, the district attorney’s office committed “an egregious act of collusion.”

Daleiden argued that since the Texas Attorney General’s office is still investigating Planned Parenthood, the district attorney’s office and Planned Parenthood “actively worked together to undermine that investigation.”

Daleiden also addressed the actions of another Attorney General – Califorina’s Kamala Harris – whose office raided his apartment to take his footage.

Daleiden told Loesch in spite of the raid, his organization will release "further videos in the coming weeks and months.”

Daleiden’s attorney, Thomas More Society Special Counsel Peter Breen, told TheBlaze that it is “inexplicable” that the District Attorney’s office would “work actively to get video to the target of an investigation,” and is evidence of “collusion” between them.

“If you as a witness get to watch a video, you may change your testimony to conform to the video,” Breen said. “You don’t give a witness of an event the video of the event prior to their testimony.”

Breen said they’ve filed a motion to quash the indictment against Daleiden and argued that “multiple instances of misconduct” on the part of the Harris County District Attorney’s office renders the indictment “defective.”

Under oath, Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast attorney Josh Schaffer admitted that he and Assistant District Attorney Sunni Mitchell bypassed the Texas Attorney General’s order not share raw video footage with Planned Parenthood.

“I was told that the Attorney General’s office agreed to give it to the Harris County District Attorney’s office on the condition that they not give it to Planned Parenthood,” Schaffer said. “Mitchell told me that she would try to obtain the footage by other means.”

Schaffer did not immediately return TheBlaze’s request for comment.

This post has been updated.

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