Congress asks MI governor to clarify Flint water crisis testimony

Lawmakers push Mich. governor to clarify Flint health crisis testimony

Lawmakers push Mich. governor to clarify Flint health crisis testimony

Governor Rick Snyder has been given two weeks to reply to allegations that he may have committed Perjury to Congress in his testimony in the Flint Water Crisis.

During the Examining Federal Administration of the Safe Drinking Water Act in Flint hearing, Snyder testified under oath that he didn't learn about the outbreak until 2016.

His words suddenly are being revisited after Harvey Hollins, Snyder's director of urban initiatives, told a judge Friday that he told the governor about Legionnaires' during a phone call before Christmas 2015.

The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform asked the governor to supply members with "any additional relevant information you have concerning the date upon which you first learned of the Legionnaires' disease" outbreak in Flint in a letter Thursday.

A Snyder spokesman said this week that Snyder stands by his congressional testimony.

Almost 100 Legionnaires' cases, including 12 deaths, were reported in Genesee County in 2014-15 when Flint was using the Flint River for water. The outbreak was not publicly announced until Snyder and his health chief held a news conference in January 2016.

Flint's drinking water became contaminated with lead following a switch to the Flint River for its drinking water supply in April 2014, while the city was under the control of a state-appointed emergency manager.

Snyder, who testified under oath in Washington, D.C. when the lead contamination of Flint's drinking water was in the national spotlight, told the committee he learned about the Legionnaires' disease outbreaks one day before he made the health issue public at a January 13, 2016, news conference.

Some experts have linked Legionnaires' to Flint's use of the Flint River.

"Flint families deserve to know the truth about when the Governor first learned of the Legionnaires' outbreak", Kildee said in a news release. More than a dozen people have been charged.

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