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MI GOP calls to impeach Gov. Whitmer over ‘unconstitutional’ COVID restrictions

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. (Kirthmon F. Dozier/Detroit Free Press/TNS)
November 18, 2020

Over the weekend, Matt Maddock, a Republican member of Michigan’s House of Representatives, called for impeachment hearings for Gov. Gretchen Whitmer after she imposed new COVID-19 restrictions.

Maddock had tweeted on Sunday that he and other legislators believed the governor’s new COVID-19 restrictions violated Michiganders’ rights. Whitmer’s new order will close schools, indoor dining at bars and restaurants and require people work from home unless it’s impossible to do so.

Maddock also posted on his personal Facebook page, including multiple Michigan legislators echoing his calls for impeachment.

Myself and the following members: Daire Rendon, Beau LaFave, Ryan Berman, Shane Hernandez, John Reilly, incoming…

Posted by Matt Maddock on Sunday, November 15, 2020


The post included a list of allegations, including Whitmer ignored court orders, violated constitutional rights and ignored due process.

The governor’s office responded to the impeachment suggestion, claiming Whitmer “doesn’t have any time for partisan politics or people who don’t wear masks, don’t believe in science and don’t have a plan to fight this virus.”

“Right now, she is focused on saving lives. The governor will continue to work hard for all 10 million Michiganders,” Press secretary Tiffany Brown said. “This is about Michigan vs. COVID-19. Governor Whitmer doesn’t care if you’re a Trump Republican or a Biden Democrat. We are all in this together.”

Calls to impeach Whitmer aren’t expected to move forward after House Speaker Lee Chatfield said no impeachment proceedings would take place on his watch.

WOOD TV in Michigan reported that Chatfield, a Republican from Levering, went against calls from his own party to impeach the governor in the aftermath of a new series of limitations on indoor gatherings and activities set run through December 9 starting Wednesday.

“It’s no secret that I have disagreed with this governor. I have debated a lot with this governor. I have many differences with how the governor has handled COVID. We have a time and place to deal with differences — that’s at the ballot box. The voters of the state of Michigan will have a chance to choose in 2022,” Chatfield said. “Republicans are not the party of people who impeach just because they disagree with someone. We just saw that in Washington. We’re not going to do that in the state of Michigan. With the facts that we have, the impeachment resolution is not going to get a vote on the House floor. It’s not the right way to deal with this situation or this disagreement.”

As of November 18, Michigan has had 277,806 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 8,190 deaths associated with the virus. The 2019 census showed Michigan’s population is 9.9 million.