Michigan governor files motion to dismiss Republican congressman’s lawsuit over executive orders

Lawmaker claims governor’s executive orders are unconstitutional

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

LANSING, Mich. – Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer filed a motion in Detroit federal court Friday to dismiss a lawsuit filed by Republican Congressmen Paul Mitchell alleging she exceeded her authority by issuing so many executive orders to address the coronavirus pandemic.

Mitchell represents Michigan’s 10 Congressional District and claims many of the executive orders are unconstitutional.

The lawsuit was filed in May and seeks to find out exactly what the governor’s policing powers are to continue issuing executive orders without the approval of lawmakers.

READ MORE: Congressman sues Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer over handling of coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis

To date, Whitmer has issued more than 100 executive orders in response to the pandemic.

READ MORE: Here are all 118 executive orders issued by Michigan Gov. Whitmer during COVID-19 pandemic

The motion lists several reasons why the lawsuit should be dismissed. The motion states that Mitchell’s claims are moot because Whitmer has issued executive orders that permit the very activities he alleged were prohibited.


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