President Joe Biden’s DOJ will not investigate nursing home deaths under Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer (D), looking at the investigation as a partisan attack from Republicans.
Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel (D) has also declined to investigate the state’s nursing home deaths, leaving any action to local prosecutors like Macomb County Prosecutor Pete Lucido, who said he has received hundreds of complaints about the issue.
“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. Of course, we would,” Lucido said. “Nobody’s above the law in this state.”
Whitmer’s Republican challenger Tudor Dixon, whose grandmother died alone in a nursing home from COVID-19, issued a stinging response to the decision: “The Biden Department of Justice has chosen to put partisan politics ahead of accountability in deciding not to investigate Gov. Whitmer’s deadly policy of putting coronavirus-infected patients into nursing homes and exposing the most vulnerable to the disease.”
Independent journalist Charlie LeDuff speculated that nursing home deaths in the state, which stand at 7,000 may have been undercounted by 100%.
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