DETROIT (AP) — The AP has learned ex-Michigan Gov. Snyder and others have been told they’re being charged in Flint water scandal.
The city’s water system was contaminated with lead in 2014-15. It was also blamed for a deadly outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease. Two people with knowledge of the planned prosecution said the attorney general’s office has informed defense lawyers about indictments in Flint and told them to expect initial court appearances soon.
They spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly.
AP couldn’t determine nature of charges against Snyder, ex-health dept director Lyon & others in Snyder admin. AG’s office declined to comment on details of ongoing probe. Spox says investigators are ‘working diligently’ & ‘will share more as soon as we’re in a position to do so’— David Eggert (@DavidEggert00) January 12, 2021
Snyder’s legal team released the following statement on the charges:
“We have been told by several reporters that the Michigan Attorney General’s Office of Special Counsel plans to charge former Gov. Rick Snyder with crimes related to the Flint water investigation.
“That office has refused to share information about these charges with us, which is an indication that a public relations smear campaign is a higher priority than any official legal action.
“It is outrageous to think any criminal charges would be filed against Gov. Snyder. Any charges would be meritless. Coming from an administration that claims to be above partisan politics, it is deeply disappointing to see pure political motivation driving charging decisions.
“The Office of Special Counsel clearly needs a scapegoat after wasting five years and tens of millions of taxpayer dollars on a fruitless investigation. Rather than following the evidence to find the truth, the Office of Special Counsel appears to be targeting former Gov. Snyder in a political escapade.”