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    Whitmer briefly asked to remove sheriff probing ‘election fraud’

    Lansing — A Barry County resident asked Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to remove his sheriff, Dar Leaf, contending the conservative officeholder had abused his authority in an investigation of unsubstantiated claims about the 2020 election.

    Larry Osborne of Delton urged Whitmer’s office to take action against Leaf this week, according to a Wednesday email obtained by The Detroit News. But by Thursday evening, Osborne said he had rescinded the request and declined to discuss what prompted his decision.

    Under state law, the governor can remove a sheriff under certain circumstances, including if the governor believes the person is “guilty of official misconduct or of willful neglect of duty.”

    “I would like to formally request that the governor remove Barry County Sheriff Dar Leaf from his elected office,” Osborne’s message said. “He has and continues to abuse his power as sheriff and not effectively represent the citizens of Barry County.”

    Leaf, a Republican who was reelected in 2020, was a plaintiff in an unsuccessful federal lawsuit claiming there was “massive election fraud,” and his office continues to probe unproven assertions about the vote. Leaf did not immediately respond to a request for comment Thursday.

    Whitmer’s spokesman Bobby Leddy confirmed the office had received Osborne’s request Thursday afternoon.

    “Once an individual submits a formal petition to the state for removal, it is sent to the attorney general for review and recommendation,” Leddy said. “Only after the attorney general makes a recommendation would the governor review the request.”

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