The Michigan Republican Party has asked the state attorney general to investigate an informed separation agreement between Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and her former state health department director.
The Michigan Republican Party issued a statement Tuesday asking that Whitmer, a Democrat, and his former Health Department director Robert Gordon “release all information” about a “secret agreement” between the couple after the “abrupt departure. Gordon of his position.
Gordon and Whitmer’s office reportedly agreed to a payment of $ 155,506 following Gordon’s abrupt resignation in January, and details of his departure remain confidential.
Republicans want Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel’s office to “immediately open an investigation” into the deal.
They also asked the state legislature to “issue subpoenas and hold hearings to answer a very simple question: Why is Governor Whitmer buying the silence of a former government employee, the state’s top public health official, in the middle of a global pandemic? ”
State Senator Jim Runestad, a Republican, said “the nondisclosure agreement just adds another wrinkle to the problem.”
“The administration has not been forthcoming with data or information related to its COVID policies,” continued Runestad. “The continued secrecy is concerning, and all the more reason to investigate the Whitmer administration’s COVID policies.”
Ted Goodman, communications director for the Michigan Republican Party, told Fox News that the agreement “fails the smell test and Michiganians deserve answers.”
Whitmer’s office did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.
Demands for an investigation into the governor’s undisclosed deal is not the only one being requested.
Republican lawmakers are also demanding an investigation into Whitmer’s management of nursing homes during the coronavirus pandemic, accusing the governor of hiding crucia data from the public.
Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Charlie LeDuff announced Monday that he is “preparing a lawsuit” against Whitmer over the release of data on statewide coronavirus nursing home deaths.
“The public has the right to know. Above all, the public has a need to know. We shut down the entire economy, interrupt the lives of our children, all in the name of protecting the most vulnerable. Now we know that this was institutionalized. If not we could protect them, at least we deserve an explanation from the Madam Governor, “LeDuff told Fox News in an email Monday.
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“If there is something more than that, let’s say gross incompetence or gross negligence or gross press conferences designed to cover the facts, then she must answer for it. As I’ve always said, the power is in the people, not the political parties,” added.