Report: Biden’s DOJ won’t investigate deadly nursing home policies from 2020 in Democrat-run states

WASHINGTON, D.C.- On Thursday, July 22nd, the Department of Justice (DOJ) opted to not investigate coronavirus-related nursing home deaths in Michigan.

According to reports, Michigan, New York, and Pennsylvania enacted controversial policies where the placed coronavirus-infected patients into nursing homes to recuperate, effectively spreading the disease among the most susceptible population.

In 2020, the Trump DOJ attempted to get nursing home death data from Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s administration.

Instead, the governor issues a joint statement with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo arguing that there were “partisan motivations” for probing the large coronavirus-related percent of nursing home deaths in both states. 

According to the Daily Gazette, Whitmer and Cuomo said:

“This is nothing more than a transparent politicization of the Department of Justice in the middle of the Republican National Convention.”

The duo added:

“It’s no coincidence the moment the Trump administration is caught weakening the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s COVID-19 testing guidelines to artificially lower the number of positive cases, they launched this nakedly partisan deflection.”

Now, Biden’s DOJ will not investigate the policy of Whitmer, whom he had on his short list for a running mate during the 2020 Presidential Election.

The Detroit News reported that the DOJ joins Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel in “declining” to probe the policies on which “Republicans have focused their attacks.”

Steve Rosenbaum, chief of the special litigation section for the department’s civil rights division, wrote in a letter to Whitmer’s chief legal counsel, Mark Totten:

“We have reviewed the information you provided along with additional information available to the department. 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.”

This decision drew a stinging response from one of Whitmer’s Republican challengers, Tudor Dixon, whose grandmother died along in a nursing home during Whitmer’s lockdown. Dixon said in a statement:

“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.”

She added:

“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. I am encouraged that competent law enforcement leaders like Macomb County Prosecutor Pete Lucido are investigating these unnecessary deaths in Gov. Whitmer’s war on nursing homes. These many victims deserve justice.”

In March, Lucido announced an investigation into the deaths in his jurisdiction and put out a call for families of victims to file complaints. He said he received “hundreds.” He said in a statement:

“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.”

He added:

“Nobody’s above the law in this state.”

Independent journalist Charlie LeDuff launched his own investigation to get a more accurate picture of the nursing home deaths. He speculated the number, which is stated to be nearly 7,000, could be undercounted by as much as 100 percent. 

Reportedly, a Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) spokesman told LeDuff that a review of death data was stopped because it was too “time consuming.”

And during a June legislative hearing on the matter, MDHHS Director Elizabeth Hertel conceded that deaths “could be” undercounted in the state. Gov. Cuomo was also under investigation for allegedly doctoring the number of COVID-19 deaths inside nursing homes in the state of New York.

However, Biden’s DOJ just announced that the civil rights probe into Cuomo over nursing home deaths and COVID-19 has also been dropped.

In a letter, the DOJ’s Office of Legislative Affairs told U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA), ranking member of the House subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis, that New York was off the hook in connection with potential violations of CRIPA.

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Gov. Whitmer allegedly used man’s private jet to visit Florida while telling locals to abstain from traveling

May 7th, 2021

LANSING, MI – According to reports, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer allegedly used a Detroit man’s private jet back in March to visit Florida – despite the governor having been vocal about telling locals to abstain from travelling.

 According to a report coming from Deadline Detroit, the following was noted regarding Governor Whitmer’s Florida trip that was previously undisclosed:

“When Gov. Gretchen Whitmer was outed last month for a secretive trip to Florida in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, her office claimed Michigan taxpayers did not foot the bill.”

“What they did not tell us, however, is that Whitmer asked a group of wealthy Detroit businessmen to provide a private plane they share.”

“Those businessmen have major dealings in and with the state of Michigan.”

Reportedly, these “businessmen” from Detroit had wound up reaching out to Detroit Deadline to profess the strange happening of Governor Whitmer contacting them regarding the booking of a personal flight:

“We wondered why she reached out to us instead of booking a private charter. You can’t tell a governor no. Who needs that kind of trouble?”

This private jet owned by these businessmen is reportedly managed by the company Air Eagle, which it is unclear whether Governor Whitmer had reimbursed the owners of the aircraft for the trip to Florida to visit her ailing father.

On May 6th, Governor Whitmer was asked about the use of this private jet, to which she afforded the following comments in response:

“I’ve said everything I’m going to say about my trip to check on my father. I’ve got nothing to add.”

The Michigan governor then went on to cite how she’s received threats against her life as being reason enough to not answer questions related to the aforementioned:

“We don’t discuss my travel. I have received an incredible number of death threats over the last year and a half.”

Detroit-based political consultant Adolph Mongo offered some extremely critical commentary regarding Governor Whitmer’s alleged used of a private jet to fly out to Florida:

“She said she was going to see her sick daddy, but that’s not a legitimate political expenditure. What it is, is a political favor. She asked. She got on their plane. Now she owes them one.”

What is most concerning about this purported use of a private jet is whether or not Governor Whitmer paid out of her pocket to do so or wrote it off as an expenditure. Reports say that the jet she used was a Gulfstream G-280 twin jet, which is a business jet that can typically hold up to 10 passengers.

To put matters into perspective, jets of said size can cost as much as $8,000 an hour to charter – and she flew from Michigan to Florida, and then back. Direct flights from Michigan to Florida take about 4 hours one-way, meaning the private charter could’ve cost as much as $64,000.

But another element that is serving as a point of contention is that roughly two weeks after returning from Florida, Governor Whitmer told folks in Michigan that they had best not visit Florida due to a variation of Covid purportedly spreading throughout the state.

Michigan Republican Party executive director Jason Roe is among those critical of Governor Whitmer not living up to her “Sunshine Plan” that boasted of being transparent during her campaign for governor:

“She ran a campaign based on transparency but has been the most opaque governor in Michigan history. I guess by ‘sunshine’ she meant the Sunshine State.”

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In other news coming from Michigan, a state representative has come under heavy scrutiny after video surfaced of him allegedly trying to use his status as an official when dealing with officers at the scene of his alleged DUI crash. 

Here’s that previous report from April. 


FOWLERVILLE, MI – A Michigan state representative was caught on video fighting with police and medics at the scene of his alleged drunk driving crash and threatening police with political retaliation, identifying himself as a police officer, and demanding they call the Governor.

State Rep. Jewell Jones (D-Inkster) told Michigan State Police (MSP) troopers he had approval over their budget and threatened to call Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer after driving his car into a ditch while drunk on Interstate 96 near Fowlerville.

Police had received several calls about reckless and dangerous driving by someone in a vehicle matching the description of Jones’ black 2017 Chevy Tahoe, with the vanity plate “ELECTED,” including a report that a similar vehicle was driving eastbound in the westbound lanes of I-96, according to reports.

Jones allegedly assaulted first responders who attempted to assist him and his passenger at the scene. Police reports state that when first responders arrived at the crash, Jones and a female passenger had their pants down.

A paramedic on scene had observed the woman’s pants were down and Jones’ pants were partially down, according to the report. 

Jones, at one point, identified himself as a state representative and at another point flashed a badge and said he was an off-duty officer during the incident.

Officers attempted to obtain identification from Jones several times, but he refused saying, “I can’t do that.” Jones began to struggle with officers, and they forced him to the ground to restrain him.

In the video, police can be heard yelling, “Stop resisting,” at Jones as he struggled.

At one point, Jones tells officers:

“I’m telling y’all that’s not gonna (sic) be good for you. I run y’all’s budget.”

Jones continued to fight arresting officers, and police had to pepper spray and taser the representative to obtain control of him. As police continued to try and obtain Jones’ identification, he shouted:

“I’ll call Governor Whitmer right now bro! I’m a state rep. I’m going to give it to you. When I call Gretchen, I’m gonna need y’all’s IDs, badge numbers, and everything.”

Police eventually gained control of Jones, and he was walked to an awaiting police vehicle. At the vehicle, Jones asked the officers to call MSP director Col. Joe Gasper:

“Tell Joe who you got and call fucking Joe. I don’t care if he’s up or not. If he’s not up, wake him up, tell Joe who you have handcuffed.”

According to police reports, Jones tried to enter an ambulance that arrived to take his unidentified passenger to the hospital. Jones also allegedly pushed an emergency medical technician in the chest.

The woman was eventually placed in an ambulance after it was determined she was unable to stand on her own, had vomited, and was essentially unresponsive.

While emergency personnel administered care to the female, Jones identified himself and the woman as people of importance, according to the report. The lawmaker also requested that EMS bring the woman home or assist with getting her inside of his vehicle so he could drive her home himself. 

A loaded .40-caliber Glock handgun was found in the cup holder beside the driver’s seat, according to police.

Following his arrest, Jones refused to submit to a breath test so police obtained a warrant for a blood draw. The blood alcohol content result was 0.19%, more than double the legal limit of 0.08%.

Jones, 26, has been charged with resisting and obstructing a police officer, operating a motor vehicle with a high blood alcohol content, operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, possession of a weapon while under the influence of alcohol, and reckless driving.

He was arraigned Friday in 53rd District Court in Howell. Resisting and obstructing police carries a penalty of up to two years in prison.

Jones was free on bond.

His attorney, Ali Hammoud, pointed out that Jones is presumed innocent. The attorney claimed that Jones is an auxiliary police officer in Inkster.

Hammoud said that the officers used excessive force during the arrest:

“I clearly think it’s an excessive use of force by the police.”

Hammoud denied that Jones was even in a crash. The representative’s black 2o17 Chevy Tahoe was not in view of the police video. The attorney claims there was never an accident and that the vehicle was never in a ditch.

Jones’ attorney also claimed there was no reason for police to suspect he was intoxicated:

“There was no indication of alcohol.”

Despite the attorney’s claims, the first arriving trooper at the crash wrote in a report that Jones appeared highly intoxicated:

“There was a strong odor of intoxicants coming from him and his speech was slurred as he spoke. His eyes were red bloodshot and glassy and his fine motor skills were poor.”

Hammoud declined to comment further on the case until all the evidence was reviewed.

Jones is serving his third two-year term in the state House. He cannot run for state representative again because of term limits.

Texas Democratic House Leader Donna Lasinski told reporters she would let the legal system play out before making a decision on political action against Jones, such as removal from committees:

“These are serious charges. It’s important to let the investigation proceed and the legal process play out, so all the facts can come to light.”

Gov. Whitmer’s office has not made a comment regarding the incident.


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