Snyder calls for investigation of state health dept

An "engagement letter" from Warner, Norcross & Judd of Grand Rapids to Snyder says it will provide "legal advice and representation" related to investigations undertaken by the U.S. Justice Department, state attorney general and Genesee County.

Adler declined to release the review to The Associated Press or explain what was specifically troubling to the governor.

A spokesman for Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder said Thursday that a law firm that was hired to help him deal with the criminal probes over the Flint water crisis, will focus mostly on going through and processing the emails and state documents that have been sought by investigators.

"It's beyond outrageous that Snyder wants to take $1.2 million from MI taxpayers to pay for defense attorneys over his involvement in the poisoning of Flint's water", state Democratic Party Chair Brandon Dillon said in a statement Tuesday, according to MLive.

A county health supervisor last month told CNN that MI authorities blocked county health officials from investigating an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease that may have been linked to the Flint water crisis.

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Snyder has apologized for regulatory failures while the city was under state emergency financial management, which led to a decision to not add anti-corrosion chemicals when Flint's water source was switched from a Detroit-area system to the Flint River in 2014. "I need time to adequately train additional staff and to update our monitoring plans before I will feel we are ready".

"After the previous 14 batches of emails were released, we continued to search for emails and materials related to the Flint water crisis as part of our ongoing effort to be transparent", Snyder said.

It is not clear how the water supply switch may have caused proliferation of Legionella, the bacteria that causes Legionnaires' disease.

"The resources were needed to complete the work that has to be done, and needed to be done in a timely manner", Adler said.



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