Former governor expected to face charges over Flint water crisis

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Children in the city were exposed to dangerous levels of lead in the water, causing long-term health problems.
Former Michigan Governor Rick Snyder and others in his administration are expected to be charged for their role in the Flint water crisis, sources confirmed to CBS News. The ongoing crisis, which began in 2014, exposed residents of the majority Black community to high levels of lead and was also blamed for an outbreak of Legionnaires disease.

Snyder, former health director Nick Lyon and other former officials are expected to face charges, although specifics have not been announced. Since 2014, at least 15 current or former state and city officials and staff have been indicted in connection to the water crisis. Some of those charges had previously been dismissed, but the forthcoming charges are believed to stem from a newer investigation brought about by Governor Gretchen Whitmer's administration.

"These are the first steps in the final process to securing justice for our community," Flint Mayor Sheldon Neeley said of the news on Tuesday. "I commend Attorney General Dana Nessel and her team for their commitment to finding the truth and fully investigating all possible criminal activity."

A spokeswoman from the Michigan attorney general's office told CBS News that she could not comment on an ongoing investigation, but added investigators were "working diligently."

In a statement, Snyder's legal team said the Michigan Attorney General's Office of Special Counsel has "refused to share information about these charges with us."

"It is outrageous to think any criminal charges would be filed against Governor Snyder," said attorney Brian Lennon. "Any charges would be meritless."

Chip Chamberlain, an attorney representing Lyon, said any charges filed against his client would be "an absolute travesty of justice."

"The original charges filed in June 2017 were politically motivated and meritless, and after two years of baseless claims and personal attacks they were dismissed," Chamberlain said.…
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