LANSING, Mich. (Great Lakes News) – Former Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Director Robert Gordon is now under a subpoena to appear before the state House Oversight Committee.

The House wants to question Gordon about the circumstances of his resignation. Gordon abruptly resigned in January and received $155, 506 for his departure and his silence.

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Republicans called this arrangement “hush money” while Gov. Gretchen Whitmer sidestepped questions regarding the resignation and said she “bristled” at that description.

In a Facebook post Thursday, Rep. Michele Hoitenga (R-Manton) wrote, “This is an important step in providing much needed government transparency the people of Michigan deserve.”

Gordon isn’t the only member of Whitmer’s administration to receive separation agreements during that time period. Sarah Esty, a Gordon colleague received a payout along with former Unemployment Insurance Director Steve Gray.