Dem pushes GOP for subpoena of Michigan governor over Flint

Dem pushes GOP for subpoena of Michigan governor over Flint

The top Democrat on the House Oversight Committee is asking for an official subpoena to force Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder’s (R) office to produce documents the panel is seeking about the drinking water crisis in Flint, Mich.

Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), the panel’s ranking member, wrote in a letter to Chairman Jason ChaffetzJason ChaffetzThe myth of the conservative bestseller Elijah Cummings, Democratic chairman and powerful Trump critic, dies at 68 House Oversight panel demands DeVos turn over personal email records MORE (R-Utah) that Snyder’s office has still refused to provide some documents the committee wants regarding the lead contamination.

“In multiple conversations with our staffs, the governor's attorneys have defied the committee's requests for documents and refused to conduct searches that the committee has requested,” Cummings wrote in the public letter Friday.

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“They have repeatedly delayed responding to the committee, and they have treated the committee’s requests as an afterthought that they respond to only after addressing other inquiries that they view as higher priorities,” he said.

Chaffetz has the power to subpoena for documents, while Cummings does not.

Cummings attached to the letter detailed descriptions of documents that he said Snyder’s office has not provided or for which his staff has not yet done thorough searches.

They include numerous specific records from briefings and meetings Snyder got in the 18 months following the April 2014 switch in Flint’s water supply, documents related to the public health aspect of the state’s response to the crisis and records related to the alleged destruction of emails.

“Requiring Gov. Snyder to finally comply with the committee's request will allow us to complete our investigation and offer concrete findings and recommendations to help prevent a catastrophe like this from happening again,” Cummings wrote.

Cummings, Chaffetz and their respective staffs have largely cooperated on their investigation into the Flint water crisis and have agreed on how to carry it out.