Anti-abortion activist David Daleiden indicated on Thursday that he would reject a plea deal after being arrested for creating a fake ID and attempting to buy fetal tissue during an undercover investigation of Planned Parenthood.
After Daleiden turned himself in to authorities on Thursday, lawyers revealed at a press conference that their client had refused a deal for probation on charges of tampering with government evidence and the attempted procurement of fetal tissue.
“I think we all know that every day that goes by that the Texas authorities do not prosecute Planned Parenthood for their illegal trade in baby parts, they are sending a message to the entire country,” Daleiden told supporters outside the courthouse. “The state of Texas right now is open for business in baby body parts.”
Daleiden’s attorney compared undercover tactics used by Daleiden’s anti-abortion group, the California-based Center for Medical Progress, to investigations done by the CBS news show 60 Minutes.
“If we’re going to be prosecuting undercover journalists, we are sending ourselves down a very, very dark path,” he said. “This is fully in the tradition, a long storied tradition, of undercover journalism.”
The attorney noted that Daleiden would be rejecting the plea deal offered by prosecutors.
“What we want is an apology,” he told supporters. “He deserves an apology at this point. He is innocent of those charges.”
“Amen!” someone in the crowd shouted.
Watch the video below. Daleiden’s statement begins at the 16 minute mark.
Trump’s inspector general firing will cripple intel agencies during the coronavirus crisis: National security analyst
On CNN Saturday, national security analyst Samantha Vinograd laid into President Donald Trump for firing intelligence community inspector general Michael Atkinson.
"Trump has decimated his own intelligence to date, and now he's continuing that pet project at a moment when, arguably, we need more, not fewer, competent professionals on board," said Vinograd. "This is an all-hands-on-deck moment for the entire U.S. government, including the U.S. intelligence community. In the face of the novel coronavirus, resources are strained. We have less intelligence professionals able to come to work and access classified servers. And rather than trying to marshal resources at this time, President Trump has removed a competent intelligence professional from a key post."
HBO’s Bill Maher returns to rip Trump over the pandemic — and blast his fans who are rallying around ‘the guy who made it worse’
HBO's Bill Maher returned on Friday night via YouTube to blast Donald Trump's response to the coronavirus pandemic and took on fans of the president who are rallying around him, calling their response "irrational."
Speaking from what appeared to be his backyard, the "Real Time" host noted that Americans tend to rally around their leaders in times of crisis but that this president is not deserving of support.
"Was the current crisis preventable? " he asked. "Not all of it, of course. But we could have done what South Korea did, their nightmare started the day our's did. But while Trump shut up experts, happy-talked and lied his ass off, South Korea put a strong testing program into place, tracing people, and today they have twenty-0ne times the cases and thirty times fewer deaths."
WATCH: The Daily Show releases devastating video of Fox News and Republicans downplaying COVID-19 crisis
Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" on Friday released a shocking highlight reel of Fox News personalities and leading Republicans downplaying the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
The clip featured Fox News personalities Sean Hannity, Jeanine Pirro, Pete Hegseth, Jesse Watters.
It also featured Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK), Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) and White House counselor Kellyanne Conway.
President Donald Trump himself is also featured.
Hannity. Rush. Dobbs. Ingraham. Pirro. Nunes. Tammy. Geraldo. Doocy. Hegseth. Schlapp. Siegel. Watters. Dr. Drew. Henry. Ainsley. Gaetz. Inhofe. Pence. Kudlow. Conway. Trump.