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Michigan gov not concerned about being charged over Flint


Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) says he’s not worried about facing criminal charges over the Flint, Mich. water crisis despite recent criminal complaints against his appointees.

“I have no reason to be concerned,” Snyder told the Detroit Free Press

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette (R) on Tuesday brought criminal charges against four officials connected to the crisis in Flint, where water contaminated with lead has posed a threat to public health. 

{mosads}Among those charged were Darnell Earley and Jerry Ambrose, emergency managers of Flint who were appointed by Snyder when the city was under state receivership. 

Schuette said both were involved in the decision to connect the city’s drinking water supply to the contaminated Flint River in 2014, a cost-cutting move that created the crisis still facing the city today. He criticized the decision as one based on a “fixation” on lowering costs in the city, one that ended up “cost[ing] lives.”

Snyder aides have leveled similar complaints against the governor, but he told the Free Press that “people have different perspectives and different views” and that “I don’t necessarily agree” that the emergency managers were focused on the city’s finances at the expense of public safety. 

Thirteen people have been charged in connection to the crisis, and while Snyder has been roundly criticized for overseeing the incident as governor, he has not been charged.

The top Democrat on the House Oversight Committee said Congress should subpoena Snyder following the charges announced on Tuesday. The panel’s investigation into the incident closed last week.

“Gov. Snyder appointed the two emergency managers charged today, and it is beyond irresponsible for the committee to close its investigation without demanding full accountability and transparency from him,” Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) wrote in a Tuesday letter to Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah). “The families of Flint deserve no less.”

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