Michiganders are not happy with Governor Gretchen Whitmer after she apologized for breaking her own state-wide COVID restriction. Whitmer was captured in a photo with twelve other people at a restaurant Saturday. The photo has since been deleted.
Currently, dine-in groups of up to 6 people are allowed when seated according to an order from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. But, tables must be 6 feet apart. In the photo, three tables have been pushed together to fit all 13 individuals. The order has been in effect since May 15th and remains until the end of the month.
Many pointed out that the Michigan governor is vaccinated, but the order applies to all, vaccinated or otherwise. No exception is made for those who have received the vaccine.
“Throughout the pandemic, I’ve been committed to following public health protocols,” Whitmer said Sunday in a statement to local media. “Yesterday, I went with friends to a local restaurant. As more people arrived, the tables were pushed together. Because we were all vaccinated, we didn’t stop to think about it. In retrospect, I should have thought about it. I am human. I made a mistake, and I apologize.” The statement was not published to her website, or tweeted online.
Attorney Matthew S. DePerno tweeted his opinion about the “pretentious” apology. He would rather see Whitmer resign. Others online also agreed that Whitmer was acting like a hypocrite.
Instead of addressing the controversy online, Whitmer tweeted to celebrate 8 million Michiganders receiving the vaccine. So, some responded by bringing more attention to her rule breaking.
Executive director of the Michigan Freedom Fund Tori Sachs also demanded that the governor take some action rather than make apologies. Since she was asking for forgiveness, Sachs suggested that Whitmer “pardon those accused of similar offenses.”
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The two were charged in an eight-count indictment on conspiracy charges Wednesday. Major Jamie Lee Henry, who lived with his anesthesiologist wife Anna Gabrielian, was granted his request to officially change his name in accordance with his gender preference in 2015.
Henry and Gabrielian allegedly volunteered to “retrieve private medical records from the United States Army and Johns Hopkins in order to assist the Russian government.”
National Review reports:
The pair are accused of stealing patient health files from Johns Hopkins and Fort Bragg and giving them to an individual they believed to be working for the Russian government. They aimed to show that they could access classified information and readily provide it to Moscow to demonstrate their allegiance, according to the indictment.
However, the individual to whom they hoped to deliver the information was an undercover FBI agent. At a covert August 17 meeting, Gabrielian told the agent that she was devoted to helping Russia’s cause even if it cost her her job or landed her in prison. She arranged a subsequent meeting with Henry and the agent, still believing him to be affiliated with the Kremlin.
That evening, in the agent’s hotel room, Henry expressed that he was committed to supporting Russia and had considered enlisting in the Russian army after the invasion of Ukraine. However, he told the agent he was disqualified because he didn’t have any “combat experience.”
“The way I am viewing what is going on in Ukraine now, is that the United States is using Ukrainians as a proxy for their own hatred toward Russia,” Henry reportedly told the agent.
“Prior to Henry’s case, identifying as a sex different than the one on one’s birth certificate made a soldier unfit for military service, warranting discharge” writes National Review.
Gabrielian worked at the Johns Hopkins school of medicine, and Henry worked as a staff internist stationed at Fort Bragg.
If convicted, the two could face up to five years in federal prison for the conspiracy charge, and a maximum of ten years in federal prison for each count of publishing secret military medical records.
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