Jesse Jackson: Flint has ‘wounded’ Snyder

Leonard N. Fleming
The Detroit News

Lansing — The Rev. Jesse Jackson stopped short of saying Gov. Rick Snyder should resign but said the Republican leader may have lost the trust of Michigan residents to fix the Flint contaminated water crisis for which he has apologized multiple times.

After Tuesday’s State of the State speech, Jackson told The Detroit News that the federal government should investigate the Snyder administration and the residents of Flint should be reimbursed for paying for water they cannot use.

“He’s wounded,” Jackson told The News. “Now what happens to him should be determined by the Department of Justice. How thorough are those emails? He has known about this for some time and did not act emphatically and quickly.”

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Detroit announced two weeks ago it launched an investigation into Flint’s lead contamination problem. Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette started a probe last week and said Tuesday night many new “facts” have come to light in recent weeks.

Snyder said Tuesday night he has nothing to hide and his personal emails on the Flint crisis will be released Wednesday morning.

Jackson said when General Motors Co. stopped using the Flint River as a water source and people were complaining of “dirty and smelly water, he knew then. He’s known for quite some time that something was afoul. Why was the need to move from Detroit water in the first place? It didn’t work, and they had to go right back to it.”

When asked if Snyder has the credibility to fix the problem, Jackson said, “At this point he does not. He’s covered up a lot. The cover-up is as bad as the crime. How high does it go? We don’t know.

“All I know is Flint is a crime scene. It should have duct tape around it. And it is a disaster zone,” Jackson said.

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