Michigan State Senators Lana Theis, Ed McBroom, Joe Bellino, Dan Lauwers, and Kevin Daley announced on Tuesday that they are investigating Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s deal with Gotion after it was revealed that the battery manufacturing company has close ties with the Taliban and the Chinese Communist Party. Whitmer’s deal with the company says the State of Michigan will provide Gotion with state taxpayer dollars in exchange for Gotion to build a plant in Michigan.
In a statement released on Tuesday, Michigan State Senators Lana Theis, Ed McBroom, Joe Bellino, Dan Lauwers, and Kevin Daley asked federal lawmakers for help in their probe, writing, “We are writing to urge you to use all federal resources available to immediately investigate whether Gotion High-tech Co., Ltd., as registered on the Swiss Stock Exchange, has ties or contracts with foreign countries that have an adversarial relationship with the United States of America, In light of the time sensitivity of this matter, we kindly request that you work to take swift action. Your prompt attention to this issue is greatly appreciated, and we look forward to hearing from you soon.”
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The Michigan lawmakers’ statement described Gotion as a company with ” direct ties to the CCP, which presents a national security risk, the plan has come under scrutiny for its secrecy and lack of oversight, which may present environmental and public safety risks as well.”
Gotion recently released a statement praising their work with the Taliban, “The representative of the company thanked the leadership of the Ministry of Mines and Petroleum and asked for an investment in the lithium sector of Afghanistan and said that he wants to invest $10 billion in the Lithium Mines of Afghanistan, which will provide employment for more than 120,000 people directly and one million people indirectly.”
Gotion and Governor Whitmer have yet to comment on the Michigan State Senators letter release.