Physicians Call on Justice Department to Launch Independent Investigation into Governor Bill Lee’s Firing of State Health Employee and Reckless Misconduct in COVID-19 Public Health Crisis

Add your name to the open letter calling for an independent counsel to investigate the Governor’s actions, including the firing of Dr. Michelle Fiscus for doing her job to help keep children safe from preventable diseases so that schools can reopen safely.

Dear Justice Department:

No matter where we live,  the color of our skin, or our politics, we have seen over the last year how the health of one person affects the health of the person next to them and the person next to that person.

Instead of going all in for all of us so that we could get through COVID together, Governor Lee has continued to reject the advice of health experts, prolonging the COVID-19 crisis and leading to entirely avoidable school and business closures, and entirely avoidable hospitalizations and deaths.

Governor Bill Lee should be investigated by an independent counsel for his reckless misconduct and mismanagement of Tennessee’s response to COVID-19.

Now, as most of the country successfully increases vaccinations, aiding their own economic recovery while protecting the most vulnerable, Bill Lee is further politicizing the health crisis and endangering Tennessean lives and jobs.

Tennessee now lags the country in vaccinations, as the dangerous “Delta” variant spreads and school reopening approaches. Instead of doing his part to help schools reopen safely, Bill Lee has suppressed public health guidance from the CDC and fired the state's lead physician, Dr. Michelle Fiscus simply for doing her job educating the public on vaccine-preventable diseases and immunization programs at the Tennessee Department of Health.

This extremist partisan attack on public health and safety must be investigated.

Signed by:

Dr. Jason Martin and...