Skubick: Governor Snyder, emergency managers not on witness list for Flint Water Crisis

FLINT, MI (WLNS) – A special committee looking into the Flint Water Crisis held its second hearing Tuesday and some prominent names were not on the list to testify.

You might expect that some key players in the Flint Water Crisis would already be on the witness list, such as Governor Rick Snyder.

“The governor is one that we may consider also, but we’ve not made that conclusion at this time,” said State Senator Jim Stamas (R), Committee Chair.

What about the four emergency managers who collectively laid the ground work for using the Flint River water which created this crisis in the first place?

“We’re not saying we won’t. We just have not made that determination at this point.”

There are two democrats on the committee. One of them says he’ll give the republicans the benefit of the doubt on who eventually ends up on the witness list, but Senator Ananich believes the governor and the EM’s should come in.

“I think it’s important, yeah and I’ll make the case why I think they need to be here or at least need to be invited. I think they should be here. I mean they’re role is pretty critical,” said State Senator Jim Ananich (D), Senate Minority Leader.

If the Republican chair decides to exclude those folks is he open to criticism that the final report is incomplete?

“I think that we’re going to be open to criticism in the world of politics no matter what we do,” said Senator Stamas.

What the committee will do next is state an eight hour public hearing in Flint.

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