Attorneys subpoena Gov. Snyder's emails in Flint water crisis

Amy Lange traveled to Flint on Tuesday where the attorneys assigned to conduct the special investigation are coming under fire.

- Criticism is growing over the Attorney General's investigation into the handling of the Flint water crisis and new information about the attorneys appointed to investigate has emerged.

As the people of Flint shuffle forward in their line for water, they're also waiting for answers from state attorneys.

Michael Pitt is one of the attorneys filing the class action suit and doesn't expect the results to be in the residents' favor.

"They're going to say that there's no validity to the case," Pitt said.

Pitt filed the suit on behalf of the people of Flint who were poisoned by lead in their water.

They're demanding Governor Rick Snyder and state agencies release emails related to Flint's water dating back to 2011.

Subpoenas for all of those documents went out Monday and the state has to respond February 9th or could file its own motions to prevent the release of that information.

Last week the Governor sent out his emails from 2014 and 2015 - some heavily redacted - and not nearly enough for a clear picture of who knew what and when.

"They were really more concerned about the political fallout that might result from the situation. That's what I saw in those emails," Pitt said.

Pitt and his colleagues aren't the only attorneys investigating. Attorney General Bill Schuette had promised an investigation without fear or favor.

However, last week Pitt called him to appoint a special prosecutor when he named Schuette in another suit.

"How can Mr. Schuette defend the party that he's investigating for criminal wrong-doing," Pitt said last week.

Schuette revealed on Monday that former FBI Special Agent in Charge Andy Arena and attorney Todd Flood would investigate as special prosecutor.

However, Flood have some history with the big dogs in Lansing: he donated to both Snyder and Schuette's campaigns, giving $10,000 to Schuette.

"I have contributed to both sides of the aisle. I have contributed to the democrats and the republican side," Flood said Monday.

Pitt says there's nothing wrong with his legal skills and doesn't want a case of this magnitude to be marred by anything.

"Todd's a terrific attorney - a person of great integrity - I just don't think that it's proper to have the appearance of impropriety with a high profile situation like this," Pitt said.

What's still unknown is how much the special investigation will cost Michigan taxpayers.

"We're working out how you sign the piece of paper so don't worry about it," Flood said.


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