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Whitmer: I'll 'be at peace' with COVID-19 decisions no matter what happens

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Posted at 11:33 AM, Nov 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-17 11:33:16-05

(WXYZ) — Governor Gretchen Whitmer said she will be able to "be at peace" with the work she's done with the COVID-19 pandemic, no matter "what happens politically."

In an appearance on Hillary Clinton's podcast, "You and Me Both," Whitmer said actions she and her administration took have saved lives.

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"There are some phenomenal governors on both sides of the aisle really stepping up," she said. "None of us have the perfect response. It's a novel virus."

However, she criticized governors who she said have "kowtowed" to the Trump administration, saying those decisions have cost people's lives in their states.

"I have colleagues who won't be able to sleep at night," she said. "I wouldn't trade places with them for anything."

Matt Maddock, who represents several cities in western Oakland County, said he and several other legislators are calling "for impeachment hearings for Governor Whitmer."

Under the Michigan Constitution, the state House of Representatives does have the power to impeach "civil officers for corrupt conduct in office or for crimes or misdemeanors."

Whitmer also criticized members of the state Legislature, saying their actions are "disappointing."

"It is stunning to me that anyone would put themselves up for these important leadership positions and then sacrifice their best judgment to satisfy someone else's ego," she said.

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