Planned Parenthood CEO Describes ‘Surreal’ Time the Trumps Asked Her to ‘Barter Away Women’s Rights for Money’

Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards says Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump offered to maintain federal funding for Planned Parenthood if it stopped providing abortions.

The incident, which Richards' details in her newly released memoir, Make Trouble: Standing Up, Speaking Out, and Finding the Courage to Lead, reportedly happened between the 2016 election and Trump's inauguration.

“The main issue, he explained, was abortion,” Richards writes, according to People. “If Planned Parenthood wanted to keep our federal funding, we would have to stop providing abortions. He described his ideal outcome: a national headline reading 'Planned Parenthood Discontinues Abortion Services.'”

Richards later said the exchange felt like a “bribe” and that it was “crystal clear” they wanted a “political win” for the Trump administration.

“If it wasn’t crystal clear before, it was now. Jared and Ivanka were there for one reason: to deliver a political win,” she writes. “In their eyes, if they could stop Planned Parenthood from providing abortions, it would confirm their reputation as savvy dealmakers. It was surreal, essentially being asked to barter away women’s rights for more money. It takes a lot to get Kirk mad, but it looked like his head was about to explode.” (Kirk being Richards' husband, Kirk Adams.)

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While the GOP and the Trump administration have been famously against Planned Parenthood—the latter even threatening to defund them—Richards said she took the meeting for her patients.

“Even if there was only a sliver of a chance of changing anyone’s mind, I owed it to Planned Parenthood patients to at least take the meeting,” she said. But in the end, Richards put her patients' care above all. “Our mission is to care for women who need us, and that means caring for all of their reproductive needs—including safe and legal abortion,” she recalls saying during the meeting.

As Planned Parenthood remains funded, it seems she made the right move for the organization. Cecile Richards' memoir Make Trouble is out now.

 

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Did Trump Just Admit to Obstruction of Justice?

Donald Trump’s latest tweet has sparked more allegations of obstruction of justice.

On Saturday, POTUS took to the social media platform to defend Gen. Michael Flynn, the former national security adviser who pleaded guilty Friday to lying to the FBI about his contacts with former Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak.

“I had to fire General Flynn because he lied to the Vice President and the FBI,” the president tweeted. “He has pled guilty to those lies. It is a shame because his actions during the transition were lawful. There was nothing to hide!”

Many politicians and political commentators said they believe this single tweet was an admission to obstruction of justice. You see: Flynn was forced to resign as national security adviser back in February; Trump’s most recent tweet implies he was aware the general had lied to federal authorities in the month prior. So if Trump knew about Flynn’s crime, why would he allegedly ask former FBI director James Comey to drop the investigation of Flynn shortly after he was ousted? During a testimony back in June, Comey told Congress the president asked him to consider “letting Flynn go.”

Trump fired Comey in May.  

As he was departing from the White House on Saturday morning, several reporters asked Trump about his thoughts on Flynn’s recent guilty plea. The president suggested he was not worried, and instead focused on the passing of the GOP tax bill.

“No, I’m not. And what has been shown is no collusion, no collusion,” Trump said. “There’s been absolutely no collusion so we’re very happy, and frankly last night was one of the big nights.”  

 

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