Michigan House Will Not Impeach Whitmer Over Covid Orders

Yolanda Curtis
November 20, 2020

That was the message from Michigan Chief Medical Executive Joneigh Khaldun on Wednesday as she and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer gave what Whitmer said was their final news conference before Thanksgiving. The state now has the fourth highest number of patients hospitalized in the country behind Texas, Illinois and California, Khaldun said. State Rep. Beau LaFave formally introduced the articles Thursday along with two other GOP colleagues.

"This should be one of the first orders of business when the Legislature is done with their hunting break", Whitmer said. The order takes effect Wednesday, Nov. 18.

The lawmakers are accusing Whitmer of exceeding her authority by issuing government orders that aren't in the best interest of constituents and using the pandemic as an opportunity to "reward political allies". A two-thirds vote would be required for Whitmer to be convicted and removed.

Dr. Joneigh Khaldun Credit
Dr. Joneigh Khaldun Credit

The comments come as MI is in its second day of new statewide restrictions aimed at stemming the virus' spread, and a day after the state epidemiologist warned that the state's contact tracing tracing system is "becoming overwhelmed".

The plot was revealed by the Michigan Attorney General's Office during arguments against the release of Pete Musico, 42, one of eight men facing state terrorism charges in the case, WWMT-TV recently reported.

The state's positivity rate is 13.8 percent.

Fear of a worsening crisis prompted Michigan Medicine and more than 100 other US health care systems to launch a public relations campaign aimed at convincing people to wear masks that they say are the best hope of stemming an "alarming increase" in the virus' spread in Michigan and across the nation.

Even though prominent Republicans in MI have opposed the bid, they too have been frustrated with the governor's shutdown. "We're not the party that impeaches someone because we're upset with policies that they've enacted", he said. "So, I would rather make smart decisions now and look forward to next year when we can celebrate them again together, alive". Chatfield also said that House Republicans are willing to act in a bipartisan way when the Governor decides it's worth her time. Until then, we are still reviewing the details of this order like everyone else, ' Chatfield said Sunday.

If impeached in the House, a trial will take place in the Senate.

Whitmer was elected with 53 percent support in 2018 and she has received praise from public health experts for her strong actions to curb the pandemic.

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