Congressman: Michigan governor ignored request for documents


WASHINGTON – The senior Democrat on the House Oversight Committee says Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has not responded to his request for documents related to the water crisis in Flint, Michigan.

Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland says the Republican governor has ignored a Jan. 29 request Cummings made with Democratic Rep. Brenda Lawrence of Michigan. Cummings calls that inconsistent with Snyder's public claims of accountability for the Flint crisis.

Cummings urged Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz of Utah, chairman of the oversight panel, to demand documents from Snyder on behalf of the full committee.

The governor's office released the following statement Monday evening:

"Gov. Snyder has already released his Flint-related emails from 2014 and 2015. He also released more than 24,000 pages of emails – posting them online for anyone to read -- from Michigan state departments relevant to the Flint water crisis. Today, Gov. Snyder announced he’ll be releasing all Flint-related emails from the Executive Office staff since the start of the administration in 2011. These are unprecedented actions. By making this information easily accessible, everyone can review it. We know that this was a failure of government at all levels. Then we can all focus and work together on solutions, heading and moving Flint forward."

Snyder has agreed to appear before the oversight panel, bowing to demands by Cummings and other Democrats that he explain his role in a cost-cutting move that resulted in a public health emergency caused by lead-contaminated water in Flint.