LANSING, Mich (WLNS) – Attorney General Bill Schuette is defending his decision to spend almost five million of your tax dollars for the legal team probing the Flint water crisis.
“You’re not going to do justice on the cheap,” insisted Schuette.
The attorney general first estimated the cost would be about $249,000. Then the number mushroomed to $1.5 million.
Now he’s asking for an extra $3.4 million.
“I want to find the very best toughest, skilled prosecutor in a very tough best skilled investigator and I got that in Andy Arena and Todd flood,” said Schuette.
The attorney general could have asked for bids from other attorneys. But he did not. Why not?
“I just made a decision that we need to have very good strong investigators and attorneys. It was a good decision,” said Schuette. When asked what he had against competitive bidding for the job Schuette said “This is judgment; exercising correct judgment.”
Mr. Schuette believes the cost of this investigation is very small compared to the damage done to the citizens of Flint.
Mr. Schuette was insistent that taking bids was not in his plan. “You know what that’s just totally wrong it was we needed to make it we needed efficient. And we need to make an efficient decision with the best quality folks and we’ve done.”
The investigation has been extended for another two months.