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Lansing – Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette says Republican rival Brian Calley’s criticism of him over the prosecution of top state officials for Flint’s water crisis is “desperate.”

Schuette, who like Calley is running for governor, said Friday that Calley’s allegations that his office filed charges for political reasons is “false.” He says Calley is “desperately behind” in polling and is trying to change the subject ahead of President Donald Trump’s visit to Michigan on Saturday.

Calley this week told The Associated Press Schuette’s prosecution is a “gross abuse of power” and long-running preliminary exams for two officials in Gov. Rick Snyder’s cabinet are “show trials.”

Schuette says Flint is a “serious matter,” 12 people died in a Legionnaires’ disease outbreak, kids were poisoned with lead and “I’m just doing my job.”

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