Whitmer backs Trump impeachment

Whitmer at the Lansing Brewing Co.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer talks to reporters at the Lansing Brewing Co. | Nick Manes

On the day the U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote to impeach President Donald Trump, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said she backs that move.

President Donald J. Trump delivers remarks at the International Association of Chiefs of Police Annual Conference and Exposition Monday, Oct. 28, 2019, at the McCormick Place Convention Center Chicago in Chicago. | Official White House Photo: Shealah Craighead via Flickr Public Domain

The governor previously said she supports the impeachment inquiry. At a roundtable with reporters Wednesday afternoon, the Advance asked Whitmer if she supported the vote. Whitmer noted U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-Holly), a former CIA analyst who flipped a GOP district in 2018 and announced at a Monday town hall that she supported both articles of impeachment.

“You know, I’ve watched with great interest — Elissa Slotkin, my congresswoman — how she navigated, how she did her due diligence and how she came to her decision. And frankly, how she engaged with the public about all of those pieces and I have a great deal of admiration for her.

“And if I were in her position and was having to make that choice, I, too, would make the vote that she is going to be making, so yes.”

Trump is slated to hold a rally in Battle Creek on Wednesday night.

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Susan J. Demas is a 19-year journalism veteran and one of the state’s foremost experts on Michigan politics, appearing on MSNBC, CNN, NPR and WKAR-TV’s “Off the Record.” In addition to serving as Editor-in-Chief, she is the Advance’s chief columnist, writing on women, LGBTQs, the state budget, the economy and more. Most recently, she served as Vice President of Farough & Associates, Michigan’s premier political communications firm. For almost five years, Susan was the Editor and Publisher of Inside Michigan Politics, the most-cited political newsletter in the state. Susan’s award-winning political analysis has run in more than 80 national, international and regional media outlets, including the Guardian U.K., NBC News, the New York Times, the Detroit News and MLive. She is the only Michigan journalist to be named to the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Reporters,” the Huffington Post’s list of “Best Political Tweeters” and the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Bloggers.” Susan was the recipient of a prestigious Knight Foundation fellowship in nonprofits and politics. She served as Deputy Editor for MIRS News and helped launch the Michigan Truth Squad, the Center for Michigan’s fact-checking project. She started her journalism career reporting on the Iowa caucuses for The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette. Susan has hiked over 3,000 solo miles across four continents and climbed more than 60 mountains. She also enjoys dragging her husband and two teenagers along, even if no one else wants to sleep in a tent anymore.