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Congress asks Snyder to address Legionnaires' testimony

Congress asks Snyder to address Legionnaires' testimony”

Gov. Rick Snyder has quickly answered a congressional committee that questioned his sworn remarks about the Flint water crisis, saying his testimony was truthful, "and I stand by it".

The governor quickly responded Thursday to a letter from the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

"And as soon as I became aware of it, we held a press conference the next day", the governor testified.

On March 17, 2016, Snyder testified before the committee, which was investigating the Flint water crisis, saying he didn't learn of a Legionnaires' disease outbreak until January 12, 2016.

While Harvey Hollins, director of urban initiatives, told a judge last week the governor learned about it before Christmas of 2015.

The letter to the Governor says he can provide any "additional relevant information: he has, or "chose to amend or supplement your testimony".

They then noted that it is a crime for a witness to commit perjury, to "knowingly and willfully" make any false statement or to "corruptly" influence, obstruct or impede a congressional investigation.

Cummings said last week that he is "deeply concerned the governor may have misled the Oversight Committee and the people of Flint", given the discrepancy between the two testimonies.

The charges stem from more than 80 cases of Legionnaires' disease and at least 12 deaths that were believed to be linked to the water in Flint after the city switched its source from Lake Huron to the Flint River in April 2014. It was a remarkable sidebar to Flint's ongoing disaster: a lead-contaminated water supply. The other five, including Michigan Health and Human Services Director Nick Lyon, were charged at the time with involuntary manslaughter stemming from their roles in handling the crisis.

Michigan Democratic Rep. Dan Kildee, whose district includes the city of almost 100,000 residents, said he has spoken to Cummings about Snyder's response to the letter and received his assurance that the committee will keep pursuing answers.

That's because an aide to the governor testified in a criminal trial that he told the governor weeks earlier than when the governor said he knew.



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