The Department of Justice handed down its decision Thursday saying they would not investigate coronavirus-related nursing home deaths in the state of Michigan, according to Breitbart News.
According to the publication, Michigan was one of three states, including New York and Pennsylvania, that put in place policies that put coronavirus-infected patients. in contact with others in assisted living.
Reports indicate that infected patients were put into nursing homes to cope with the virus while still contagious, which caused a widespread among what is thought to be the most vulnerable group, the elderly.
Whitmer, a firm Democrat, came under fire for the harsh restrictions put on the rest of the state of Michigan but neglected to appropriately protect the nation’s elderly with any sort of precaution against those in nursing facilities infected neighbors. The Trump administration made an attempt to retrieve the nursing home death data from the Whitmer administration, but Whitmer declined.
The Michigan governor released a statement with the head of New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) who both argued that it was a partisan motivated probe into COVID nursing home deaths.
“This is nothing more than a transparent politicization of the Department of Justice in the middle of the Republican National Convention,” Whitmer and Cuomo said in their joint statement according to The Daily Gazette.
“It’s no coincidence the moment the Trump administration is caught weakening the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s COVID-19 [Chinese coronavirus] testing guidelines to artificially lower the number of positive cases, they launched this nakedly partisan deflection,” the duo said according to Breitbart News.
The Detroit News reported that both the Biden-led DOJ and the Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel declined to look further into the policies that Republicans have called Whitmer out over.
“We have reviewed the information you provided along with additional information available to the department,” wrote Steven Rosenbaum, chief of the special litigation section for the department’s civil rights division, in a letter to Whitmer’s chief legal counsel, Mark Totten, on Thursday.
“Based on that review, we have decided not to open a CRIPA (Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act) investigation of any public nursing facility within Michigan at this time.”
That decision caused Whitimer’s Republican challenger, Tudor Dixon, whose grandmothers reportedly died alone in a nursing home during the lockdown to issue a scathing response:
“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,” Dixon said in a statement, “and exposing the most vulnerable to the disease.”
“Gov. Whitmer’s actions were unforgivable and will not be forgotten by the thousands of families that needlessly suffered the loss of a loved one,” she continued. “These many victims deserve justice.