The Washington Post
Ex-governor could be charged in Flint probe
Former Michigan governor Rick Snyder (R) and several former officials are expected to be indicted over the 2014 Flint water crisis that led to at least 12 deaths and dozens of illnesses in the predominantly Black city, the Associated Press reports.
Snyder, his former health department director Nick Lyon and former adviser Rich Baird were among those told by the office of Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel (D) of the pending indictments and advised to expect imminent court dates, the AP reported, citing unnamed people.
The nature of the forthcoming criminal charges was not clear. Courtney Covington, a spokeswoman for Nessel’s office, told The Washington Post that investigators were still working “diligently” and declined to confirm reports of imminent charges.
Brian Lennon, an attorney for Snyder, blasted the reported charges as a “smear campaign.”
The crisis traces back to April 2014, when Flint switched its water supply to the Flint River in a cost-savings measure until a permanent pipeline project was complete. Flint residents immediately complained about the water’s odor and appearance, eventually reporting health issues such as skin rashes.