Members of House Oversight Committee call for clarification from Gov. Snyder
UPDATE: LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder says there's no reason for him to clarify his testimony to Congress on the Flint water crisis because it was "truthful," and he stands by it.
The governor quickly responded Thursday to a letter from the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. The committee's leaders asked him to address when he learned about a fatal outbreak of Legionnaires' disease during the Flint water crisis after an aide contradicted the governor's timeline.
Snyder says he reviewed his sworn testimony and sees no need to clarify it.
Snyder previously told the committee he didn't learn of Legionnaires' until January 2016. But Harvey Hollins, his director of urban initiatives, told a judge last week he told the governor about it during a phone call before Christmas 2015.
WASHINGTON, D.C.--House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy along with Ranking Member Elijah Cummings sent Governor Rick Snyder a letter calling for clarification about his testimony regarding when he first learned about the outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in Flint, according to a news release.
View the full letter below:
This comes after top Snyder aide Harvey Hollins says that he told the governor about the outbreak in December 2015.
Governor Snyder has until October 25 to respond to the letter.
Congressman Kildee released a statement about the letter sent to Governor Snyder:
"I am pleased that the Oversight Committee has taken swift action to look into the Governor’s conflicting statements. I have spoken with both Chairman Gowdy and Ranking Member Cummings and they agree that misleading Congress is a very serious offense.
“Flint families deserve to know the truth about when the Governor first learned of the Legionnaires’ outbreak. Justice for Flint families comes in many forms, including holding those in state government who created the crisis accountable."