ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder is commenting on reports that authorities seized from storage state-owned mobile devices that belonged to him and 65 other current or former officials.
"I am dialing back the RPA a bit today. The stories coming out about my state phone and computer are very sloppy and misleading. I gave my phone and all that stuff to the AG's office before I left office. Why the AG's office is executing a search warrant on itself I cannot say."
I am dialing back the RPA a bit today. The stories coming out about my state phone and computer are very sloppy and misleading. I gave my phone and all that stuff to the AG's office before I left office. Why the AG's office is executing a search warrant on itself I cannot say. — Rick Snyder (@onetoughnerd) June 5, 2019
The Associated Press reported that it obtained records showing the search warrants that were sought by the attorney general's office and signed by a Flint judge.
Michigan AG Dana Nessel's spokeswoman, Kelly Rossman-McKinney released the following statement:
“Mr. Snyder knows darn well why search warrants are being executed. It’s the pursuit of justice for the people of Flint, pure and simple."
Solicitor General Fadwa Hammoud and Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy confirmed they executed a series of search warrants related to the criminal investigation of Flint’s lead-contaminated water and a deadly outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease. They did not comment further.
One warrant lists all content from Snyder’s cellphone, iPad and computer hard drive. Similar information was sought for state devices used by employees in his office and other departments.
Brian Lennon made the following statement on behalf of former Gov. Snyder:
"Michigan Solicitor General Fadwa Hammoud and her Flint water investigative team did not take former Gov. Rick Snyder’s cell phone from him. The Governor intentionally and voluntarily left his cell phone and other electronic devices with the Attorney General’s office when his term of office ended, so that they would be available. Recent media reports have been misleading at best.
While we have not been provided with either a copy of the search warrants or supporting affidavits, it is our understanding that the search warrants were executed at the office of the Attorney General, where the Governor’s devices were being stored in a secured manner. Solicitor General Hammoud was informed that the Governor’s devices were secured in the AG’s office.
Several times since January, we have reached out to Solicitor General Hammoud offering to explain the history of the document production and the agreements reached with former Special Assistant Attorney General Todd Flood. We have not received any response to those offers.
We agree with the statements from career assistant attorneys general, which were filed in the Nick Lyon case, regarding the many misstatements made about the document productions and Warner’s role in those document productions. As we have said before, our firm and the Attorney General’s office worked cooperatively together on the review and production of documents in this matter. There were never any disagreements between Warner and the AG’s office regarding the relevance of documents produced.
Finally, we take issue with the continued false statements, both in court and to the press, that the Governor’s private attorneys have somehow compromised or impeded the SG’s investigation in any way. We have not. We have cooperated and made every effort to continue that cooperation."
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