Exclusive interview: Gov. Snyder says he will not resign over Flint water crisis

Exclusive interview with Gov. Rick Snyder (Photo Credit: Matt Law/NBC25 News)

LANSING, Mich. (WEYI) -- Gov. Rick Snyder reaffirmed that he is not going to resign over the Flint water crisis during an exclusive one-on-one interview ahead of the State of the State.

Snyder also said that no crime was committed. While he believes that mistakes were made in the handling of the Flint water crisis, Snyder said he did not believe anything done was criminal and that he welcomes all investigations.

Snyder has come under fire for his handling of the Flint water crisis, which began in 2014 when Flint switched away from the Detroit water system to the Flint River. It was later discovered that the Flint River water caused the aging pipes in the system to leech lead into the water. The city switched back to Detroit water in October of 2015, but the damage to the pipes was done. The water is still considered unsafe to drink. Children in the City of Flint were exposed to the high levels of lead in the water for nearly two years.

When asked if he believes that he is responsible for the Flint Water Crisis, Snyder said that the people that worked for him made mistakes, and that he is responsible for those people.

Rebuilding trust in government is another problem Snyder recognizes that he has to deal with.

Snyder also said that he did not get accurate information from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, who told him there was not a problem.

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