The Flint Water Prosecution team is scheduled to announce its results at a press conference Thursday morning after indictment against former Michigan Governor Rick Snyder and former Flint Director of Public Works, Howard Croft.
CNN contacted Snyder’s attorney and Croft’s attorney to comment on the allegations.
The flint has been exposed to extremely high levels of lead since 2014, when city and state officials switched the city’s water supply from the Detroit water system to the polluted Flint River to reduce costs.
The switch had to be temporary while a new supply line to Lake Huron was completed. When the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality could not handle the corrosive water, he ate into the city’s iron and lead pipes and washed out into the drinking water.
The contaminated water led to two outbreaks of Legionnaires ’disease, which is a severe pneumonia caused by bacteria.
More than a dozen lawsuits and a $ 600 million settlement
Snyder’s lawyer Brian Lennon said earlier on Wednesday that his client would be made a scapegoat by a politically driven special adviser. Lennon called the reports accusing his client of “disinterest” and will be part of a “political escape.”
Croft’s lawyer told The Detroit News that his client had been informed on Monday that he would be charged.
The Michigan Attorney General’s Office had no comment on Wednesday night’s allegations.
More than a dozen lawsuits, including several class actions, have been filed against the state, the city of Flint, and state and city employees and those responsible for water quality control in the decision to change the source of drinking water.
The outbreak of the Legionnaires launched criminal proceedings in 2017 against government officials, including Nick Lyon, then director of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.
CNN Taylor Romine and Joe Sutton contributed to the report.