LANSING, Mich (WLNS) – Governor Rick Snyder is facing a possible grand jury investigation into his conduct related to the Flint water crisis.
The request for the probe comes from former state Democratic Party chair Mark Brewer.
Yesterday at 4:00 p.m., the former state Democratic Party chair Mark Brewer quietly filed a legal request with the Ingham County Circuit Court to launch a one-person grand jury probe into the conduct of Governor Rick Snyder.
This marks the first time in recent history that a sitting governor could possibly face that kind of investigation.
Mr. Brewer believes the governor has violated the state constitution as it relates to the governor’s decision to hire two private defense lawyers, with your tax dollars, to help him navigate all the legal issues related to the Flint water crisis.
The governor’s office has denied any wrongdoing related to the hiring of those attorneys.
“I can’t think of a more obvious conflict of interest then the governor signing a contract which will benefit him personally by providing legal services in the scope of this ongoing set of investigations,” explained Brewer. “There’s a criminal provision of Michigan law which makes it illegal a crime in this state to spend taxpayer funds without authorization so it’s our argument in our complaint that these actions of the governor also constituted misconduct in office which is also a criminal violation.”
The governor’s office was asked for a response but no one was provided.
But Republican consultant John Truscott, who worked for former Gov. John Engler, dismisses Mr. Brewer’s allegations. “No, I mean governors throughout history have at times hired outside counsel when they deemed it necessary,” said Truscott. “There is nothing unusual about this governor has the right to representation in his role provided by the taxpayers.”
The next move is up to the Ingham County Circuit Court judges.
They can order the one person grand jury or not.