(WJBK) - The I-team, hired by the state attorney general's office to probe any criminal or civil wrongdoing over the Flint water crisis, indicates that the touch stone of their investigation will center on the release of all internal communications between the governor's office and his departments involved in the story.
"I think it's critical to get to all of the communications of anybody who touched this," observes former Detroit FBI chief Andrew Arena.
But what if the Snyder administration invokes immunity?
Fellow investigator Todd Flood suggested that somebody else tried that and failed. "I think Nixon tired to get away with that and he didn't. You can't. No one can get away from a crime."
In his first and only interview on the subject after the Tuesday morning news conference, Gov. Rick Snyder gave no indication that he would engage in any sort of Nixonian stonewalling during the Watergate investigation in the '70s.
MIRS asked the governor if the request went beyond the years 2014 and 2015, which the governor released recently, "would you be in on that?"
Mr. Snyder asserts, "These are the official investigations and I said I want to cooperate with all the investigations."
MIRS followed-up. "So you will not invoke any immunity on that?"
The governor went on, "I haven't had the request yet, so I'm looking forward if they are going to make a request. That's something that obviously I want to be cooperative with."
A class-action suit filed by attorney Michael Pitt also seeks full disclosure of the administration's emails, text-messages, iPad communications and cell phone data.