Legal stalemate preventing Flint water task force from questioning governor

- The attorney general and the governor's lawyers to date have fought to a legal draw on bringing the governor in to answer questions on his role in the Flint water crisis.

Late last year the governor did spend about 12 minutes not under oath taking questions on the issue including who was to blame.

"This is a case of a handful or a very small number that made some tragic errors," Snyder said.

But throughout the exchange on public TV the governor never blames anyone on his staff for those "tragic mistakes."

Tim Skubick: "Who dropped the ball in getting this information to you in a timely manner, sir?"

Snyder: "The real failures in many respects go back to the experts, the drinking water experts. And they crafted their own issues in the DEQ."

The governor's own legal advisor revealed that his mom was drinking the water in flint months before the governor knew the extent of the problem. did the governor hear about that red flag in his own backyard?

Snyder: "I don't recall.

Skubick: "He didn't come to you and say hey, my mom's drinking that water?"

Snyder: "I don't recall that."

The governor says he did see pictures of the dirty water in Flint before he was aware that there was lead in the water.

"If you go back and look at the record, we actually were taking actions," Snyder said.

But the governor concedes he wishes he had asked more questions.

Snyder: "That's the second guessing everyone is going to do. When you have something like this, there's no way you're not going to second guess yourself."

Skubick: "Have you ever asked what went wrong there?"

Snyder: "There are so many people asking that question. Everyone has theories but the highest and best use of my time is solving the problem."

The chief investigator Todd Flood has charged, as well as the state health director Nick Lyon with involuntary manslaughter for allegedly waiting a year to tell the governor and the public that there was a Legionnaires' disease outbreak in Genesee County.

The governor reports he was angry that it took so long for him to find out but he stands by Lyon even after the charges were filed against him.

Skubick: "Why did it take so long?"

Snyder: "Again, we had challenges in that department."

Skubick: "What does that mean?"

Snyder: "There were challenges for communication and for tracking information."

The governor adds as soon as he learned about the outbreak, he told the public.

With the two sides unable to reach an agreement on interviewing the governor now, perhaps the only time that might happen is if the governor is ordered into court to testify on his role in all this.

And no one is predicting when or even if that will occur.

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