Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Charlie LeDuff said he is getting ready to drop the hammer on Michigan Governor Gretchen Witmer and is “preparing a lawsuit” to get access to nursing home data.
“The public has a right to know. Above all, the public has a need to know. We shut down the entire economy, we interrupted our children’s lives, all in the name of protecting the most vulnerable. We now know this was the institutionalized elderly. If we could not protect them, at the very least we deserve an explanation from Madam Governor,” LeDuff told Fox News.
“If there’s something more to it than that, let’s say gross incompetence or gross negligence or gross press conferences designed to cover the facts, then she needs to answer for it. As I’ve always said, the power lies with the people, not the political parties,” he added.
But that is just the beginning of Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s troubles. The GOP is demanding an investigation into the $155,506 payment a health department official received after abruptly resigning from his post.
Former Michigan state health department director Robert Gordon signed a confidentiality agreement “in the interest of protecting deliberations among government officials.”
“In response to any inquiries from prospective employers, the employer will state that employee voluntarily resigned,” the agreement read.
State Sen. Jim Runestad, a Republican, called for a probe into Witment saying the “confidentiality agreement just adds another wrinkle to the problem.”
“The administration has not been forthcoming with the data or the information surrounding their COVID policies,” Runestad continued. “The continued secrecy is troubling, and even more reason to investigate the Whitmer administration’s COVID policies.”
From Fox News:
The Michigan Republican Party has called on the state’s attorney general to investigate a reported separation deal between Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and her former state health department director.
The Michigan GOP issued a statement Tuesday calling for Whitmer, a Democrat, and her former Department of Health Director Robert Gordon “to release all information” surrounding a “secret deal” between the pair after Gordon’s “abrupt” departure from his post.
Gordon and Whitmer’s office reportedly agreed to a $155,506 payout following Gordon’s abrupt resignation in January, with the details of his departure remaining confidential.
Republicans want Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel’s office to “immediately open up an investigation” into the deal.
They also called on the state legislature to “issue subpoenas and hold hearings to answer a very simple question — Why is Gov. Whitmer buying the silence of a former government employee, the state’s top public health official, in the middle of a global pandemic?”