Attorneys for Snyder, Flint prosecutor meet with judge

Oralandar Brand-Williams
The Detroit News

Attorneys for Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and Attorney General Bill Schuette’s Flint water investigation special prosecutor were meeting Thursday afternoon in a closed-chamber meeting with Presiding Third Circuit Court Judge Timothy Kenny.

The private attorneys for Snyder refused comment on the closed-door meeting. Special prosecutor Todd Flood said no information about the meeting with the judge would be released Thursday but “sometime” later by both offices.

The meeting began around 2:30 p.m. with Kenny.

Snyder spokesman Ari Adler said Thursday the governor’s attorneys met with Flood and the judge to “continue our efforts of working cooperatively with each other on the ongoing investigation.”

The offices of Schuette and Snyder have sparred over the probe into Flint’s lead-contaminated water crisis. In late June, Schuette said Snyder’s private attorneys were withholding documents from his Flint water crisis investigators — an accusation the governor’s office quickly denied.

The public spat started a week earlier when Flood first publicly complained that unnamed “agencies” were not fully cooperating with his requests for all government documents relevant to the Flint water crisis, including emails, text messages, voice mails and Power Point presentations.

After state-appointed emergency managers oversaw Flint’s switch to the Flint River in April 2014 for its drinking water, lead eventually contaminated the city’s untreated water and resulted in switching back to the Detroit water system in October 2015.

Snyder spokesman Ari Adler said the governor’s office turned over “hundreds of thousands of pages” of records to Flood on separate occasions in March, April, May and June.

Both Schuette’s office and Snyder’s office have since indicated the issues were worked out.