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Chad Livengood
Detroit News Lansing Bureau

Flint — Attorney General Bill Schuette’s lead prosecutor in the Flint water crisis investigation said Friday his team has had “constructive dialogue” with Gov. Rick Snyder’s office since he claimed last month the governor’s private attorneys were withholding documents.

“We’ve had great, constructive dialogue … and I’m hopeful that with the governor’s team we will come to a meeting of the minds, and I hope to do that within the next few days,” Special Prosecutor Todd Flood said at a news conference announcing new criminal charges against six current and former state employees for their alleged roles in Flint’s water crisis.

Gov. Rick Snyder

Flood didn’t say Friday whether he’s gotten all of the documents he requested.

The Royal Oak attorney also declined to say whether he has interviewed Snyder or the governor’s former top aide, Dennis Muchmore, or issued subpoenas to either men to compel testimony under oath in a deposition.

“I won’t get into who I’ve interviewed,” Flood said. “Unless it’s in the public domain, it would be unethical for me to talk about those specific interviews.”

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Snyder spokesman Ari Adler also declined to say Friday whether Snyder or Muchmore have been interviewed by Schuette’s team.

“Any questions regarding the status of the investigation by the Attorney General’s Office should be directed to the Attorney General’s Office,” Adler said in an email to The Detroit News. “The governor and his team are focused on helping the people of Flint recover, as evidenced by the efforts to secure more than $234 million for service line replacement, healthcare, education, the creation of hundreds of jobs for Flint residents and the restoration of the city’s overall water quality.”

Schuette’s investigators have interviewed 200 people as part of his Flint probe.

“And we are not done,” Schuette said Friday. “We are way far from done.”

Schuette and Snyder’s office publicly sparred last month after Flood said at a June 22 news conference that the governor’s private attorneys were refusing to turn over requested documents.

The spat led to a series of meetings between lawyers for the two Republican statewide officeholders.

Schuette has repeatedly said the governor’s office is not off limits in his wide-ranging probe of the role state agencies played in Flint’s April 2014 switch to Flint River water.

The attorney general’s team also is probing the response of state agencies to bacteria outbreaks, harmful levels of a disinfectant byproduct called TTHM and the discovery of high lead levels in Flint’s water during the 18 months the city pumped drinking water from the river.

“There are no targets,” Schuette said at the news conference. “We’re just going right to the truth.”

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