Flint water testimony raising concerns in Washington D.C.


FLINT (WJRT) - (10/6/2017) - New revelations in the Flint water crisis are now raising concerns in Washington D.C.

Harvey Hollins, who has been coordinating the state's response to the water crisis, told a Genesee County court today that he told the Governor by phone in December 2015 of a Legionnaries' outbreak in the city.

However, when Governor Rick Snyder traveled to Washington D.C. to testify before the House Oversight Committee in March 2016, he told the committee he didn't know about the outbreak until later. "In terms of Legionnaires', I didn't learn of that until 2016," said Snyder. "And as soon as I became aware of it, we held a press conference the next day."

Democrat Congressman Elijah Cummings, a ranking member on the House Oversight Committee, released a statement: “Based on Mr. Hollins’ reported testimony, I am deeply concerned that the Governor may have misled the Oversight Committee and the people of Flint. I plan to consult with Chairman Gowdy immediately to determine the Committee’s next steps. One thing that all members of this Committee–Democrats and Republicans–agree on is that witnesses testifying before us must tell the truth.”

Chairman Trey Gowdy is a Republican from South Carolina.

Snyder's office declined to comment Friday.

The testimony came during a hearing involving Department of Health and Human Services director Nick Lyon.

Lyon is charged with involuntary manslaughter and misconduct.

Prosecutors say he failed to alert the public quickly about Legionnaires'.

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