GOP governor during Flint water crisis will be charged: report

GOP governor during Flint water crisis will be charged: report
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder addresses the North American International Cyber Summit 2016, Detroit, Michigan, Oct. 17, 2016. Hosted by Mchigan Gov. Rick Snyder, the summit is a collaborative effort with the National Governors Association, the Department of Homeland Security, private industry, educators, students and local partners that started in 2011. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. 1st Class Jim Greenhill)

Republican Governor Rick Snyder of Michigan, whose actions led to the Flint water crisis that flowed poisonous water in to 100,000 homes and businesses, will be charged after an investigation by that state's new Attorney General, Dana Nessel.

"Snyder, his health director and other ex-officials have been told they're being charged after a new investigation of the Flint water scandal, which devastated the majority Black city with lead-contaminated water and was blamed for a deadly outbreak of Legionnaires' disease in 2014-15," The Associated Press reports.

The AP's Michigan government/politics correspondent David Eggert:

The disaster was headline news for months. It started when Gov. Snyder decided to appoint his own manager to run the city, a tactic MSNBC's Rachel Maddow was among the first to decry as dangerous and possibly unconstitutional. In what was called a cost-saving measure Flint's water supply was switched to a different source, and contaminated water that subsequently also destroyed water pipes, leeching lead into drinking water, flowed.

"The outbreak was announced by Snyder and Lyon in January 2016, although Lyon conceded that he knew that cases were being reported many months earlier," the AP notes.

Flint youth activist Amariyanna Copeny, known as Little Miss Flint, points out years after the disaster began Flint's water system is still not fixed.

NBC's Geoff Bennett weighs in:

Physician who sounded the alarm over rise in lead levels in children's blood:

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