Monday, June 6, 2016

Flint Drama Heats Up As Snyder And Schuette Battle Over Water Investigations

By Brandon Hall
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The investigation over the Flint water crisis seems to be causing quite a bit of friction between Gov. Snyder and Attorney General Schuette...

According to the Detroit News:

"On Jan. 15, Schuette launched his investigation of the Flint public health emergency. Ten days later, Schuette appointed attorney Todd Flood to lead the probe along with Andy Arena, the former head of the Detroit Federal Bureau of Investigation office.

A Michigan State Police investigator began her probe on the same day Schuette added Flood and Arena to his investigative team, according to a copy of a state police report obtained by The Detroit News.

Schuette has complained he was left in the dark about the state police’s investigation until April, even though Snyder announced it in late January during a news conference.

“I had not been informed about that, which I thought was a bit awkward,” Schuette told The News. “I’m a professional, a gentleman on this stuff.”

Snyder’s office released the Schuette-Leyton letter on May 26 as well as a letter McQuade’s office sent the Attorney General’s office saying the compelled statements could have a “substantially negative effect on our criminal investigation moving forward.”

In an interview with The Detroit News Editorial Board, Snyder appeared miffed by Schuette’s contention that the state police’s administrative investigation and the auditor general’s probe he publicly requested in mid-March would hinder the attorney general’s criminal probe.

“I got his letter, and I was very public in announcing that I was asking them to do that,” Snyder said Wednesday in an interview. “I thought the most appropriate opportunity to bring that topic up would have been as soon as I announced it.”

Asked if Schuette’s moves looked political, Snyder replied: “I’m not going to comment on that.”

Brandon Hall is a lifelong political nerd from Grand Haven, and is the Managing Editor of West Michigan Politics.

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