A prosecutor in Michigan suggested that Governor Gretch Whitmer could face criminal charges over her handling of deaths at nursing homes in the early days of the coronavirus pandemic as the state attorney general launched an inquiry into the deaths.
The news comes as Republicans in the Michigan legislature said they will hold hearings into a $155,000 confidential separation agreement made to former Health Department director Robert Gordon amid allegations that it may be a hush payment.
Macomb County prosecutor Peter Lucido said he’s unable to get information about the deaths at nursing homes and long term care facilities because of stringent laws that shield patient’s health care information.
Peter Lucido told ABC 7 WXYZ that if they find there’s been willful neglect of office, or if they find there’s been reckless endangerment of a person’s life by bringing them in, then they will move forward with charges against the Governor and that nobody was above the law in the state.
The issues surrounding Whitmer over the nursing home deaths are comparable to the scandal swirling around New York Governor Andrew Cuomo even before his mounting sexual harassment scandal had prompted calls for him to step down or be impeached.
The embattled governor was also dogged by allegations from five women that he sexually harassed them by inappropriately touching or kissing them, and by making inappropriate comments to them.
Whitmer said in an interview that she supports an independent inquiry into her fellow Democratic governor, and she said that she believed the accusations were extremely serious and needed to be taken seriously and that she thought that an unbiased, thorough independent investigation was justified and appropriate.
According to ClicktonDetroit.com, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel will examine the state coronavirus nursing home policies.
Whitmer’s office blasted Lucido in a statement, calling his remarks shameful political attacks based on neither fact nor reality. The statement also said Lucido’s Republican colleagues confirmed they’ve not seen any evidence or proof that says that a nursing home was forced to take someone against their will.
Her office said the state prioritised testing of nursing home workers and residents to save lives, and that early in the pandemic, the state responded quickly to build a network of regional hubs with isolation units and adequate PPE to prevent the spread of COVID 19 within a facility.
Also, they offered 100 per cent of nursing home residents priority access to the vaccine, and both the former head of AARP, as well as an independent U-M study, praised their work to save lives in nursing homes.
And it’s time Governor Tom Wolf answered to the justice system too, especially after the head of state honcho Rachel Levine moved her mother out of a senior centre, and then the following day Tom Wolf mandated COVID patients to be moved into nursing homes with the most vulnerable population.
Residents, already there couldn’t leave, nor could their family visit them, and many of them got COVID and died alone, yet the hospitals were not overwhelmed, however, they moved COVID patients anyhow.
Many people are saying that COVID is a false flag agenda to force vaccines on the people and that we shouldn’t fall for the propaganda. They’re probably right, but who wants to take the chance, and that’s what governments are banking on, that no one will want to take that chance, whether they believe in COVID or not.
This isn’t just political, it’s a travesty if confirmed true, and too many people weren’t even aware of what was happening in nursing homes, and because families weren’t permitted to visit their loved ones, the government could do precisely what they wanted to, and not follow their own guidelines.