Gov. Rick Snyder agrees to testify in Detroit bankruptcy
Governor, treasurer subpoenaed earlier this month
Gov. Rick Snyder has agreed to a three-hour deposition about decisions he made that may be tied to Detroit's bankruptcy filing.
Snyder, Treasurer Andy Dillon and Snyder's transformation manager -- Richard Baird -- had been subpoenaed last week to give depositions. A motion had been filed to keep them from testifying.
A group of lawyers from the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) and other groups contesting the Detroit bankruptcy will now be able to grill the governor for up to three hours in a deposition.
They got the green light to question Snyder after striking a deal with the Attorney General's Office; it happened during a break in Tuesday's bankruptcy hearing.
"It was very important to us to get access to the governor," said AFSCME lawyer Sharon Levine. "A big move for transparency."
The agreement nullifies an Attorney General's filing late yesterday, arguing executive privilege protected Snyder from questions about his processes leading up to the bankruptcy filing.
The union claims state-appointed emergency manager Kevyn Orr has negotiated in bad faith while trying to restructure $18 billion or more in debt.
AFSCME contends the governor had already decided on Chapter 9 when he hired Kevyn Orr.
Snyder will appear at the AFSCME Council 25 office in Detroit. A date has not yet been set.
Orr filed for bankruptcy on July 18, making Detroit the largest U.S. city to do so.