Nessel won't open investigation into Whitmer's COVID-19 nursing home policies

Collaborator: Rachael Schuit
Published: 03/15/2021, 9:41 PM
Edited: 03/16/2021, 10:08 AM
(LANSING, Mich.) Michigan's Attorney General Dana Nessel says she won't start an investigation into the way that Governor Gretchen Whitmer handled COVID-19 patients in nursing homes. Her decision comes after eight state senators asked Nessel to invesigate Whitmer's policies regarding COVID-19 patients in nursing homes. The eight state senators who sent the letter raising concerns are Jim Runestad, Tom Barrett, Ruth Johnson, Kim LaSata, Roger Victory, Lana Theis, Dale Zorn, and Curtis Vanderwall. The concerns stated in the letter that was sent on February 23rd focused on four areas. Those areas were: Whitmer's COVID-19 policies and processes for nursing homes, accuracy of COVID-19 reporting data, compliance with CDC guidelines, and compliance with the State's Freedom of Information Act. Nessel wrote a letter to Runestad and explained in detail why she won't open an investigation into the four areas of concern raised by the state senators. In her response Nessel said, "Though I will not hesitate to act when justified, I also will not abuse the investigatory powers of this Department to launch a political attack on any state official, regardless of party or beliefs." Nessel's full response to Runestad can be found here:


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