When former Flint Emergency Manager Darnell Earley refused to testify before Congress on Wednesday on the water crisis, the threats came from lawmakers.
They stated on Wednesday that they will send the U.S. Marshals to get him.
“That is overkill,” said his attorney A. Scott Bolden.
Bolden said it is ridiculous because he wrote a letter Tuesday to Congress saying Earley is willing to testify.
“He gets he has a bullseye on his back, but he has a story to tell,” said Bolden.
Bolden says his client is innocent of any crime and had no way of knowing that following plans laid out by others would put people at risk. He has remained quiet out of caution.
“He is in the eye of the storm. There are at least three civil actions pending, criminal actions pending and now the government committee on reform wants to speak with him,” said Bolden.
So why didn’t he appear before Congress on Wednesday? Bolden says Earley needs reasonable notice.
“We will talk under circumstances that are reasonable. He obtained council 2 days ago. The committee issued a subpoena last night at six p.m. to appear this morning. It was physically impossible for him to appear,” said Bolden.
Earley is currently the Emergency Manager at Detroit Public Schools, but gave Gov. Rick Snyder his resignation letter on Tuesday. His resignation goes into effect at the end of February.