Will Gov. Snyder be charged? AG to make ‘significant announcement’ on Flint probe

Attorney General Bill Schuette (left) and Gov. Rick Snyder.
Attorney General Bill Schuette (left) and Gov. Rick Snyder.

By Steve Neavling
Motor City Muckraker

Will Gov. Rick Snyder and other state officials be charged for their role in the Flint water crisis?

On Wednesday afternoon, Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette plans to make a “significant announcement resulting from the Attorney General’s ongoing Flint Water investigation,” his office said in a statement.

It’s unclear whether Schuette, a Republican, is prepared to announce charges or fines against state officials who ignored the dangerous health effects of Flint’s drinking water.

In February, Schuette’s investigative team announced that state officials could face manslaughter charges if the state probe determines “gross negligence” led to the deaths of Flint residents who were forced to rely on contaminated water.

Last week, the state announced that deaths from Legionnaires’ disease during the Flint water crisis ballooned to 12. 

The state investigation is led by Todd Flood and former FBI agent Andrew Arena and includes 20 attorneys and investigators. Flood has donated thousands of dollars to Snyder’s gubernatorial campaign, raising questions about the fairness of the investigation.

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.

  • 1_SPJ40

    He won’t be charged, simply because it would be the right thing to do, and teach the lesson that real criminals do go to jail, instead, a bunch of insignificant nobodies will take the fall, real life 101. Just cut the leaves and leave the root…..

  • Liz Bee

    If the motive for the switch was political rather than financial (as another Motor City Muckracker article says), then Snyder should definitely be charged–people died; others will have life-long problems. I’m not a lawyer, but this sounds like not only conspiracy to defraud, but also gross negligence, failure to protect, depraved indifference, etc., etc.

  • Harry Palmer

    No. no he won’t.

  • Harry Palmer

    No. no he won’t.

  • JC

    And how many people really believe this is a pursuit of justice and not the launch of his campaign for governor? I’d rather have a constitutional amendment that gives us another four years of Slick Rick than this POS ideologue.

    • Thomas Amnesia

      Everybody knows Bill Schittey wants to be governor and since it’s extremely poor form to mount a challenge against a sitting governor of the same party as the challenger, he may do just enough to get him thrown out, stopping short of a criminal conviction.

      In the end, we all know Snyder walks. I wonder how that bastard sleeps at night.