Mich Republicans introduce articles of impeachment against Gov Whitmer and her ‘quest of corruption’

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Three Republican members of Michigan’s GOP-controlled House of Representatives have chosen to “rise up” against Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and her controversial lockdown restrictions by plotting her impeachment.

Led by state Rep. Beau M. LaFave, on Wednesday the trio introduced four Articles of Impeachment against Whitmer for “failing to respect the separation of powers by exercising power granted to the legislative branch, violating the constitutional rights of the people of Michigan, issuing executive orders against the interests of the people and state, and using state resources to reward political allies.”

“Over the course of eight months, I have watched powerlessly as the governor has used the COVID-19 pandemic as an opportunity to trample over the constitutional rights of Upper Peninsula families and the great people of Michigan,” LaFave said in a statement Wednesday.

“For eight months, the governor has set out on a quest of corruption; exceeding her constitutional duties, disregarding the separation of powers, ignoring the spirit of the Supreme Court ruling, weaponizing the state’s health department, and rewarding political allies.”

He added that “people are hurting” because of Whitmer’s power grabs, and clearly “statewide petitions and costly lawsuits are not sending a strong enough message to the executive office.”

“As pleas of Michigan residents continue to be overlooked and the Legislature remains excluded from the equation, I am left with no other recourse than to exercise my constitutional authority by invoking articles of impeachment against the governor,” he continued.

“This is absolutely the last thing I want to do, but I would be betraying my conscience and oath of office to defend the Michigan Constitution by ignoring such blatant misconduct.”

There’s just one problem. Michigan House Speaker Lee Chatfield, a Republican, opposes the plan because he doesn’t want to emulate the behavior of congressional Democrats, who earlier this year impeached President Donald Trump.

“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,” he reportedly said Wednesday.

“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.”

To be fair, even if the impeachment resolution passed through the state House, it would be unlikely to make it through the Senate. Though the Senate contains 22 Republicans, it would need a total of 25 votes to convict the governor. Moreover, Majority Leader Mike Shirkey, also a Republican, has reportedly said he’s not interested in impeachment — he’d rather work to resolve matters in a “bipartisan way.”

But on the other hand, according to state Rep. Matt Maddock, one of the three Republicans who filed Articles of Impeachment, the list of Whitmer’s alleged constitutional violations is extraordinarily long.

Look:

The following members and I: Daire Rendon, Beau LaFave, Ryan Berman, Shane Hernandez, John Reilly, incoming legislators…

Posted by Matt Maddock on Sunday, November 15, 2020

The list of violations includes ignoring court orders, ignoring due process, causing the deaths of nursing home patients, etc.

Whitmer has for her part, predictably dismissed every allegation against her.

“Governor 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,” her press secretary said in a partisan statement to the media.

“Right now, she is focused on saving lives. The governor will continue to work hard for all 10 million Michiganders. 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.”

Yet her tweeting habits suggest that, instead of being focused on “saving lives,” she’s been focused on partisan political matters:

Vivek Saxena

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