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AG responds to MSP's examination of water crisis

Posted at 6:40 PM, May 05, 2016
and last updated 2021-01-14 15:59:33-05

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette is speaking out about our 7 Investigation into the governor, Michigan State Police and the Flint Water Crisis.

“What I won’t tolerate is anything that could hinder this criminal investigation” Schuette told 7 Investigator Jim Kiertzner

Serious questions have been raised about the governor and MSP keeping to themselves an investigation into the Flint Water Crisis that, sources say, included questioning dozens of people.

It turns out, Governor Rick Snyder wanted the investigation and the governor says it was formally requested by the Interim Director of the Department of Environmental Quality.  

Two officials from that department have been charged with felonies including Conspiracy and Tampering with Evidence - changing the results of lead testing of Flint water to hide high lead levels.

The Attorney General announced his criminal investigation on January 15. A spokesperson for State Police says their investigation was started on January 24. It was done by the Professional Services Section, another name for Internal Affairs. It was done along with DEQ Human Resources. It was finished on March 26 and turned over to the AG on April 27 only because he found out about it after the fact and asked for it.

Attorney General Schuette says he’s sending the Governor and MSP a letter that says if you conduct any more investigations, tell us, so “we don’t trip over each other.”

A spokesperson for MSP says their investigation was administrative.  But she could not say when MSP has done any other administrative, non-police investigations into any other state agency.