Schuette touts accomplishments in roundtable media talk

Published: Dec. 6, 2017 at 11:19 PM EST
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Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette hosted a roundtable discussion Wednesday with the media to outline the work his office has done over the past year.

"My job as the attorney general is to be a voice for victims and an aggressive voice for victims," he said.

One of the biggest cases was the Larry Nassar investigation -- the Michigan State University and USA gymnastics doctor who pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting the young women and girls who trusted him.

"We were able to provide justice for young women who are preyed upon in this tragic and horrible situation," said Schuette

He also touted the investigation into the Flint water emergency, with 15 charges and three criminal guilty pleas so far in a case that left at least 12 people dead and an entire city poisoned with tainted water.

"This is all about providing justice for families of Flint. It's also about sending a message that there is one system of justice. It doesn't matter who you are, if laws have been violated my job -- the oath I took -- was to enforce the law," said Schuette

Schuette talked about the role Gov. Rick Snyder played in Flint's water problems and whether more charges would be coming.

"This is about justice this about accountability. Wouldn't that start at the top with the person authorizing? The point is, this investigation started off like any investigation does -- you gather evidence, you take testimony, this is just by the book, period," said Schuette

He was also asked about his efforts to fight against sexual assault and his comfort in accepting President Trump's endorsement for governor, despite accusations of sexual misconduct aimed at the president.

"I am Republican. I ride for the brand. I didn't desert the party. I didn't jump ship. I wanted to make sure we beat Hillary Clinton and we did," Schuette said.

He also made clear why he believes he should be the state's next governor.

"You need to have your toughest, strongest warrior. I am and you have to have the best organization to win," said Schuette.