Darnell Earley attorney: 'We're not hiding'

The former emergency manager of Flint has had a change of heart.

Darnell Earley says he will testify before that Congressional House Committee in Washington DC.

"We're calling on the U.S. Marshalls to hunt him down and give him that subpoena," said Rep. Jason Chaffetz. 

The chairman of a powerful congressional committee is not happy Darnell Earley refused to show up to tell congress what he knows of Flint's water contamination.

"Today we're issuing a new subpoena, he will appear, and he will be here to do a deposition later this month," Chaffetz said.

Contacted in Washington DC, Earley's attorney said he didn't really have enough time to get to Washington and that he'll cooperate -no need to hunt him down.

"I think a lot of political grand standing," said A. Scott Bolden. "My client's not an animal, neither am I and we're not hiding or running from the committee. They issue a subpoena at 6 p.m. one night for an appearance at 9 a.m. the next day is completely unreasonable.

Most of the time if there is an attorney in the case, the attorney accepts the subpoena and then deals whatever they have to deal with.

Even if Earley testifies, he may have some rights to keep quiet.

"If  your testimony would violate your Fifth Amendment right not to incriminate yourself," said attorney James Schlaff.  "Or (if testimony would) make yourself out to look like a criminal, prove you've committed criminal acts, you can refuse to testify under those circumstances."

"Taking the Fifth Amendment."

Earley's attorney says he'll testify at some point.

"Remember, Mr. Earley is no longer the emergency manager for Flint so the documents to get our arms round, there are documents to review."

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