Mich. Democrats want independent investigator

Posted: 4:01 PM, Jan 15, 2016
Updated: 2016-01-15 16:01:14-05

The Michigan Democratic Party is not happy about Attorney Bill Schuette's plan to investigate the Flint water crisis.

The party claims he has a conflict of interest and wants him to appoint an independent investigator instead.

“Bill Schuette has disqualified himself from conducting a fair and honest investigation of the Snyder administration’s role in the Flint water crisis, plain and simple,” said Brandon Dillon, Michigan Democratic Party Chair. “His history of stonewalling the release of critical information to the people of Flint shows that he is more interested in protecting his Republican cronies than getting to the bottom of what Snyder knew and when. What’s more, Schuette is the one responsible for defending Snyder against lawsuits from the people of Flint, raising a serious conflict of interest. It’s no wonder Bill Schuette waited months to launch his so-called investigation, and only after being called out for his inaction. Schuette is more interested in political opportunity and protecting his Republican friends than he is in protecting the people of Flint.”

In November, it was reported that the health department told citizens that Schuette’s office had instructed them not to release public documents in response to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests.

Now, Schuette has been tasked with representing Governor Snyder and his top officials in lawsuits stemming from the Flint water crisis—even as he claims to be conducting his own separate investigation into the Snyder administration’s role in poisoning the Flint water supply.