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Politics & Government

U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings asks for Snyder subpoena

Governor Rick Snyder
Rick Snyder for Michigan
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A day after Governor Snyder delivers his "State of the State" address, he plans to go live on the web with an "online town hall." The event is scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday. Details can be found on the Governor's Facebook page.

The ranking Democrat on the U.S. House Oversight Committee wants to subpoena Governor Rick Snyder. Rep. Elijah Cummins, D-Maryland, says the governor has not been forthcoming about when he first knew about a fatal outbreak of Legionnaires' disease in Genesee County.

From Cummins’ letter to committee chairman Trey Gowdy (R-SC):

“In light of recent questions about the truthfulness of Michigan Governor Rick testimony before our Committee, I am writing to request that you issue a subpoena demanding that the Governor finally comply – in full – with our Committee’s bipartisan request for documents related to the decision to switch the source of drinking water in Flint and the response to the health crisis that ensued, including all documents relating to when the Governor became aware of concerns relating to Legionnaires' disease.” 

Cummins request for a committee subpoena follows on the heels of a letter to Snyder also signed by Gowdy. The letter asks Snyder to explain apparent discrepancies between his testimony before the committee last year and statements made under oath by a top aide in a criminal trial related to the Flint water crisis. It also warns of the penalties of lying to a congressional committee.

Snyder said at the time that he stood by his testimony and his office provided thousands of documents related to the Flint water crisis and the Legionnaires' outbreak. The governor’s spokesperson would not speak directly to Cummins’ letter, calling it a “political press release.”