DOJ issues ‘statement of interest’ in business lawsuit against Whitmer executive orders

The U.S. Department of Justice has filed a statement of interest pertaining to a lawsuit filed by seven Michigan businesses against executive orders issued by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

Referencing the federal case Signature Sotheby’s International Realty, Inc., et al. v. Whitmer, the DOJ states Gov. Whitmer’s executive orders might violate the Commerce Clause and the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution. The lawsuit was filed April 28 in the U.S. District Court Western District of Michigan.

According to the DOJ statement, which was issued on Friday: “In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Governor of Michigan has, over the past two months,
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