LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Republican Party is calling on Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and former Department of Health Director, Robert Gordon, to release all information related to a separation deal between the two parties, following Gordon’s abrupt resignation January 22nd.
According to a Detroit News report, Gov. Whitmer’s administration agreed to pay Gordon $155,506 in a separation deal that also required the two sides to maintain confidentiality about the circumstances that led to his abrupt departure. Whimter’s administration says that separation agreements are common for executive officials.
Republican lawmakers say the Michigan Attorney General’s office should immediately open up an investigation, and the State Legislature should issue subpoenas and hold hearings to investigate the confidentiality agreement.
Gordon resigned January 22 without explanation, and Gov. Whitmer repeatedly dodged questions about the circumstances of his resignation.
“This confidentiality agreement just adds another wrinkle to the problem,” State. Sen Jim Runestad said. “The administration has not been forthcoming with the data or the information surrounding their COVID policies. The continued secrecy is troubling, and even more reason to investigate the Whitmer administration’s COVID policies.”
In a press conference today, Republican officials alleged that Whitmer is responsible for mixing COVID patients with nursing home residents who had tested negative.