Rick Snyder, who served as governor of Michigan between 2011 and 2019, will reportedly be indicted on criminal charges for his role in the Flint water crisis. Snyder's attorney calls the charges "meritless" and accused the Special Counsel of pursuing a political vendetta against the Republican.
"It is outrageous to think any criminal charges would be filed against Gov. Snyder," the former governor's attorney, Brian Lennon, said in a statement. "Any charges would be meritless. Rather than following the evidence to find the truth, the Office of Special Counsel appears to be targeting former Gov. Snyder in a political escapade."
Snyder was governor during the infamous Flint water crisis, where more than 80 people became sick and 12 died of Legionnaires' disease after the city's water supply was switched from Lake Huron to the notoriously dirty Flint River. The change was intended to save money, but resulted in scandal when the Environmental Protection Agency found dangerous levels of lead flowing into citizens' homes in 2015.
Snyder apologized at the time for the state's role in the mistake. Since that time, dozens of lawsuits have been filed against the state of Michigan, city of Flint, as well as numerous state and municipal employees.
Along with Snyder, Flint's former Public Words director Howard Croft is also anticipating charges to be filed against him.