FBI Investigating Flint water crisis after officials failed to warn of lead dangers

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By Steve Neavling
Motor City Muckraker

The FBI has joined an investigation into the Flint water crisis after thousands of residents were poisoned by elevated levels of lead.

The probe is part of a multi-agency investigation to determine whether criminal charges should be filed against officials who failed to warn residents of contaminated drinking water.

A spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Detroit confirmed the FBI’s involvement, which was first reported by the Free Press this morning.

The probe involves the FBI, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the EPA’s Criminal Investigation Division and the EPA’s Office of Inspector General.

The news means officials who were involved in the water crisis could face criminal charges.

Ex-Flint EM to resign from DPS, refuses to testify at Congressional hearing

On Wednesday, a U.S. House Oversight Committee is scheduled to hold its first hearing on the crisis, but the Republican-led committee has declined to invite Gov. Rick Snyder to testify, even though he accepted blame for the poisoning during his State of the State address.

Motor City Muckraker has published numerous stories showing that state officials knew of the crisis long before notifying the public of elevated lead levels.

http://motorcitymuckraker.com/2016/01/23/gov-snyder-lied-flint-water-switch-was-not-about-money-records-show/

Steve Neavling

Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.

  • Ron Angell

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/USCODE-2011-title18/pdf/USCODE-2011-title18-partI-chap1-sec4.pdf The water crisis in Michigan and other states is a violation by The Gov of Michigan of US Federal Code TITLE 18 section 4- Doctors and Flint residents brought the lead poisoning in Flint to the Attention of the Gov of Michigan and the Gov did nothing and the Gov of Michigan took a federal agency of the EPA and used local FEDERAL employees to cover up the poison on murder of Flint residents- – TITLE 18 section 4- § 4. Misprision of felony —> The water crisis in Michigan and other states is a violation by The Gov of Michigan of US Federal Code TITLE 18 section 4- § 4. Misprision of felony Whoever, having knowledge of the actual commission of a felony cognizable by a court of the United States, conceals and does not as soon as possible make known the same to some judge or other person in civil or military authority under the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both. ac—CRIMES AND CRIMINAL PROCEDURE. §6. § 3. Accessory after the fact … standing section 3571) fined not more than one- … Misprision of felony. https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/USCODE-2011-title18/pdf/USCODE-2011-title18-partI-chap1-sec4.pdf TITLE 18—CRIMES AND CRIMINAL PROCEDURE. §6. § 3. Accessory after the fact … standing section 3571) fined not more than one- … Misprision of felony.

  • Ron Angell

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/USCODE-2011-title18/pdf/USCODE-2011-title18-partI-chap1-sec4.pdf The water crisis in Michigan and other states is a violation by The Gov of Michigan of US Federal Code TITLE 18 section 4- Doctors and Flint residents brought the lead poisoning in Flint to the Attention of the Gov of Michigan and the Gov did nothing and the Gov of Michigan took a federal agency of the EPA and used local FEDERAL employees to cover up the poison on murder of Flint residents- – TITLE 18 section 4- § 4. Misprision of felony —> The water crisis in Michigan and other states is a violation by The Gov of Michigan of US Federal Code TITLE 18 section 4- § 4. Misprision of felony Whoever, having knowledge of the actual commission of a felony cognizable by a court of the United States, conceals and does not as soon as possible make known the same to some judge or other person in civil or military authority under the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both. ac—CRIMES AND CRIMINAL PROCEDURE. §6. § 3. Accessory after the fact … standing section 3571) fined not more than one- … Misprision of felony. https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/USCODE-2011-title18/pdf/USCODE-2011-title18-partI-chap1-sec4.pdf TITLE 18—CRIMES AND CRIMINAL PROCEDURE. §6. § 3. Accessory after the fact … standing section 3571) fined not more than one- … Misprision of felony.

  • Rebecca Cummins-Lanter

    So who makes the decision to require Snyder and Earley? Who does the public pressure?

  • Rebecca Cummins-Lanter

    So who makes the decision to require Snyder and Earley? Who does the public pressure?

  • Grateful for the journalists who are staying all over this story. Excelsior!

  • operatwo

    I thank Brenda Lawrence for The House Oversight committee but we need a Investigative Congressional Hearing their no way around this hearing they must show up

  • Tim Burke

    Snyder lied People Died, how about we do a prisoner swap. Free Kwame, in exchange for locking up Snyder and his whole corrupt crew.

    • lewiston59

      Free Kwame? They should be in a cell together

      • Donald E. Hodge

        Amen to that Lewiston.

  • Tim Burke

    Snyder lied People Died, how about we do a prisoner swap. Free Kwame, in exchange for locking up Snyder and his whole corrupt crew.

  • Harry Palmer

    The House Oversight committee is chaired by well known GOP political hack Chaffeez, Schutte/Snyder campaign donor Todd Flood is going to handle damage control locally, and Rep Meekoff is going to sweep it under the rug on the state level.
    The FBI are the last hope, seemingly, to get answers.