Snyder issued a statement mid-day Wednesday calling Lyon a “strong leader” and indicating that they will not be suspended while they “are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.”
“They have my full faith and confidence, and will remain on duty at DHHS,” Snyder said.
Schuette said Wednesday that Snyder will not be charged as his Flint water crisis team turns to the prosecution phase.
“In any investigation, we only file charges when there’s probable cause to establish a crime has been committed,” Schuette said after being asked about Snyder.
But Schuette, a Republican who is expected to run for governor next year, disclosed his Flint investigative team has been unable to interview Snyder, a fellow Republican.
“We attempted to interview the governor. We were not successful,” said Schuette, declining further comment on the matter.
A private attorney representing Snyder immediately disputed Schuette’s suggestion that the governor dodged investigators.
“We made the governor available for an interview with the Office of Special Counsel this spring on their repeated written and verbal assurances that an investigative subpoena would be produced. Todd Flood failed to produce the investigative subpoena required to conduct the interview,” said Brian Lennon, a criminal defense attorney at Warner Norcross & Judd in Grand Rapids representing Snyder.
Flood declined to comment to Crain’s about whether he ever issued the governor a subpoena to be interviewed.
“I can’t talk about it,” Flood said.
Snyder, who testified in open court in Detroit’s bankruptcy trial, is still…
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