So, what makes the White House so sure? Reassurances from Planned Parenthood.
During a daily briefing Thursday, Earnest counter-attacked the Center for Medical Progress on behalf of Planned Parenthood:
“Merely the tried and true tactic that we’ve seen from extremists on the right to edit this video and selectively release this edited version of the video that grossly distorts the position of the person that’s actually speaking...”
However, the group has released full versions of these videos.
When asked by Breitbart News' White House reporter Charlie Spiering if anyone in the White House has watched the videos, Earnest replied:
“I suspect somebody has.”
And when asked where the White House was getting their information that the videos were fraudulent, Earnest answered:
“Based on the public comments of Planned Parenthood who has indicated that the views that are represented in the video are entirely inconsistent with the high ethical standards that they live up to.”
When asked if anyone from Planned Parenthood has been in touch with the White House, Earnest replied:
“I wouldn't be surprised if that's taken place, but I'm not aware of any specific conversations.”
Earnest did not dispute Breitbart News's characterization of the White House's position as taken from Planned Parenthood talking points.
The House of Representatives left for summer recess Thursday without a vote on Rep. Diane Black's (R-TN) bill to end federal funding to Planned Parenthood locations that perform abortions during a House investigation into the organization. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has promised that a vote on their own bill will take place next week.
Earnest, however, wouldn't commit the White House to vetoing a bill that sought to defund Planned Parenthood: