Michigan’s Democrat Governor Gretchen Whitmer could be facing criminal charges based on her handling of nursing homes during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a Michigan prosecutor.
New Macomb County Prosecutor Peter Lucido stated that he is encouraging people who have lost family members in nursing homes during the pandemic to gather information from the nursing homes regarding the circumstances surrounding their loved one’s deaths. Lucido is encouraging individuals to file a wrongful death complaint with police, as he cannot himself due to HIPPA laws restricting his access to medical information.
“If we find there’s been willful neglect of office if we find there’s been reckless endangerment of a person’s life by bringing them in then we would move forward with charges against the Governor,” said Lucido to ABC Detroit. “Of course, we would. Nobody’s above the law in this state.”
Lucido will be meeting with Macomb County Police to come up with a process to verify the information and bring them to his office.
After Lucido came into office, he asked other county prosecutors to form a “Blue-Ribbon Committee” that is designated to improve the consistency between these potential cases, however, this request was denied. These prosecutors told Lucido that he should request the Democrat Michigan Attorney General and the federal government.
The Attorney General stated that there was not a proper basis to open an investigation, while a U.S Attorney said they will look into his request.
“I didn’t receive a very warm welcome. This is not political everyone. This is about people who passed away at the behest of a policy that was created by the Governor,” said Lucido to 7 Action News.
In a statement to ABC Detroit, Governor Gretchen Whitmer dismissed the effort as nothing more than a political attack.
“Mr. Lucido’s comments are shameful political attacks based in neither fact nor reality,” claims Governor Whitmer’s office. “Even his former colleague, Republican Sen. Ed McBroom, has said they “have not seen any evidence or testimony that says that a nursing home was forced to take someone against their will.” And there’s a reason why Mr. Lucido’s colleagues have publicly rebuked this politically-motivated waste of taxpayer dollars. Michiganders are tired of these petty partisan games, and we won’t be distracted by them either.”
“Our top priority from the start has been protecting Michiganders, especially seniors and our most vulnerable,” continued the Governor’s statement. “The administration’s policies carefully tracked CDC guidance on nursing homes, and we prioritized testing of nursing home residents and staff to save lives. Early in the pandemic, the state acted swiftly to create a network of regional hubs with isolation units and adequate PPE to prevent the spread of COVID-19 within a facility. In addition, we have offered 100 percent of nursing home resident priority access to the vaccine. Both the former head of AARP, as well as an independent U-M study, praised our work to save lives in nursing homes.”