Former Flint mayor weighs in on charges expected in water crisis investigation

Former Gov. Rick Snyder, and other ex-officials have been informed of upcoming charges, AP reports

Ex-Flint mayor weighs in on new charges expected in water crisis investigation
Ex-Flint mayor weighs in on new charges expected in water crisis investigation

FLINT, Mich. – Former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, his health director and other ex-officials have been told they’re being charged after a new investigation of the Flint water crisis.

Ex-Flint Mayor Karen Weaver said she has been waiting for this day and it is a big day for the residents.

“This is what we have been fussing and fighting for,” Weaver said.

READ: Michigan plans to charge ex-Gov. Snyder in Flint water probe

Weaver worked closely with Snyder during the crisis, but they often didn’t see eye to eye.

“There were quite a few battles and clashes behind closed doors and a lot of times people didn’t get to see those but they certainly happened,” she said.

“There needs to be charges against Snyder. He had the biggest role in this and you can’t say he didn’t know what was going on,” Weaver added.

It is not clear Tuesday on the nature of the expected charges.

Snyder’s attorney, Brian Lennon, released a statement Tuesday, saying a criminal prosecution would be “outrageous.” He said state prosecutors have refused to “share information about these charges with us.”

“Rather than following the evidence to find the truth, the Office of Special Counsel appears to be targeting former Gov. Snyder in a political escapade,” Lennon said.

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Michigan plans to charge former Gov. Rick Snyder in Flint water investigation
Michigan plans to charge former Gov. Rick Snyder in Flint water investigation

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Hank Winchester is Local 4's Consumer Investigative Reporter and the head of WDIV's "Help Me Hank" Consumer Unit. He works to solve consumer complaints, reveal important recalls and track down thieves who have ripped off metro Detroiters.

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