House speaker shuts door on Whitmer impeachment talk

Nov 20, 2020

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan House Speaker Lee Chatfield has slapped down calls by some Republican lawmakers that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer should be impeached. 

House Speaker Lee Chatfield

Chatfield on Wednesday called the effort a distraction from what needs to be done in the state.

Milford Township Republican Rep. Matt Maddock began the talk of impeaching Whitmer after health director Robert Gordon implemented the three-week shut down of parts of Michigan’s economy in an effort to stem the accelerating spread of COVID-19. Maddock said Whitmer “crossed the line” on COVID-19 restrictions without legislative input.

However, Chatfield said an effort to impeach Whitmer would lack merit and would be every bit as "shameful” as the impeachment efforts against President Donald Trump.