Skubick: What’s bottom line for Schuette probe into Flint water crisis?

LANSING, Mich (WLNS) – The criticism continues over the decision yesterday by the state attorney general to hire outside legal council to investigate any possible criminal wrongdoing by the Snyder administration in its handling of the Flint water crisis.

Republican Attorney General Bill Schuette has hired an outside legal team to do a criminal investigation into the Snyder administration’s handling of the Flint water crisis.

Senate Republican leader Arlan Meekhof wonders if another investigation is really needed and the Schuette decision is premature in that another report from former senator Ken Sikkema has not been released.

“I’m a little concerned about it because the Sikkema report hasn’t been put out yet and I think duplicating efforts is not very helpful.”

When asked if the attorney general is being premature Sen. Meekhof said “I think he has a history of that, yes. He seems to jump ahead of what most people would agree is logical.”

Democratic Senator Jim Ananich adds “it shouldn’t take all of these investigations. That’s why one comprehensive one would have been the best way.”

Meanwhile Mr. Schuette has hired all these attorneys but, as of yesterday, he didn’t know how much it would cost taxpayers.

“We’re working that out right now,” said Schuette. “I will let you know at the proper time. We’re working out how you sign the piece of paper. Don’t worry about it.”

To which Lansing senator Curtis Hertel Jr said “I think it’s an important question. I wish he would have answered your question.”

But Republican senator Rick Jones says this about the financial disclosure “it doesn’t matter. The taxpayers want to know if somebody did something criminal in Flint that person will go to jail or go to prison, they need to be punished.”

Senate Republican leader Meekhof says Mr. Schuette should pay the attorney fees out of his own budget.

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