Reports: Former Michigan Governor to Be Charged in Flint Water Crisis

The Flint Water Plant water tower is seen in Flint, Mich. in 2016.

The Flint Water Plant water tower is seen in Flint, Mich. in 2016. AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File

 

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Rick Snyder and other former officials could face unspecified charges later this week.

Michigan’s former governor, Rick Snyder, and other ex-officials who served alongside him have been told that they’ll face charges related to the Flint water contamination crisis, following a new probe into the episode by the state’s attorney general, the Associated Press and at least one other news outlet reported Tuesday.

Up to 10 individuals, including Snyder’s top aide Rich Baird and health director Nick Lyon, are among those set to be indicted, possibly by Thursday, according to The Detroit News. A spokesperson for the attorney general’s office told news outlets that the investigation is ongoing and that the office hoped to release more details soon.

The nature of the pending charges wasn’t immediately clear.

The situation in Flint began in 2014 when the city began pulling drinking water from the Flint River, leading to lead contamination from old pipes. An outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease around that time was also blamed on the water system.

Snyder, a Republican, left office at the end of 2018, at the close of his second term. An attorney for the former governor said a criminal prosecution would be “outrageous” and that the office of special counsel involved in the investigation appeared to be “targeting” Snyder in a “political escapade.”

Bill Lucia is a senior reporter for Route Fifty and is based in Olympia, Washington.

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