Michigan state Republican Rep. Matt Maddock announced yesterday on his Twitter account that he will seek the impeachment of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, among other things for abuse of power, after the Democratic leader announced new restrictions in the state for the CCP Virus.
Today, myself and a growing list of Michigan Legislators have decided that @GovWhitmer has crossed the line and will be calling for #ImpeachWhitmer hearings. The list of violations is long and the call is overdue #MIGOP #MILEG
— Matt Maddock (@matthewmaddock) November 16, 2020
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services issued a new order on Sunday, Nov. 15, to extend the restrictions for the CCP Virus for three more weeks, ending face-to-face classes for high school and college students, closing down movie theaters, casinos, and bowling alleys. Bars and restaurants are limited to outdoor meals, take-out, and delivery only.
In an interview with Gateaway Pundit, Maddock said, “Something had to be done. She’s ruining this great state. Small businesses and most dine-in restaurants will be dead by the end of the year. She’s caused the deaths of many vulnerable elderly people who died alone, scared, and pointlessly. This was long overdue.”
According to an article in the Daily Caller, the Michigan Restaurant and Hotel Association sued the health department after it published new restrictions that severely affect the industry.
“We want to be clear that we made several good faith efforts in advance of the public release of the order issued November 15 to reach a compromise with the MDHHS that would have supported the goal of minimizing the risk while still allowing for the continued operation of dining rooms,” Justin Winslow, the association’s president said.
The lawsuit seeks to reverse the governor’s order to allow hotels and restaurants to operate normally by arguing that the order violates the Constitution’s commerce clause and due process rights.
On Oct. 12, the Michigan Supreme Court overturned the emergency powers Gov. Whitmer used to impose mandatory mask-wearing, limiting social gathering, and restaurant capacity, among other things.
However, Whitmer used the public health code to re-extend the restrictions under a different legal umbrella. While the restrictions would be for three weeks, there is no certainty that they will not be extended again.
In order to pass an impeachment against the Democratic governor, once it passes the Legislature, it requires a two-thirds vote in the Michigan State Senate, which does not have a Republican majority, so the real chances of an impeachment are quite unlikely.