Friday, October 13, 2017

Cummings & Gowdy Got A Flat Out "No" From Snyder On His Fraudulent Flint Testimony

It is little moments, such as this letter from U.S. House Committee On Governmental Oversight, that makes me wake up every morning with a renewed lust for retribution for what these people have done to our children and the public record.

In the spirit of fushcia...

Well, this is quite an interesting choice of sound byte chosen by the Detroit Free Press, considering the fact that it has an interesting history suppressing, or rather biasesly watering down issues of public corruption.

House Oversight Committee invites Snyder to amend his testimony on Flint

The top Republican and Democrat on a congressional committee sent Gov. Rick Snyder a letter Thursday, below, inviting him to correct or supplement his sworn testimony in 2016 related to the Flint drinking water crisis and reminding him about federal perjury law.

For a U.S. House Committee to present opportunity to amend testimony in light of new evidence is not out of character in the spirit of due process, but to not act upon this gracious opportunity to amend, or even supplement, in light of new manslaughter charges as a result of lower court testimony in which is in the public record, well, we have an issue going on.

But in a reply letter, Snyder told the lawmakers he testified truthfully and stands by what he said.

I put in a formal request for Snyder's letter and will update upon receipt. 

U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy of South Carolina, the Republican chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland, who is the ranking Democrat on the committee, wrote to Snyder in light of sworn testimony earlier this month by a Snyder aide. That testimony contradicted what Snyder told the committee about when he learned of a spike in Legionnaires' disease cases in the Flint area.

Snyder's testimony contridicted what I have been documenting and saying for years. 

Snyder, who testified under oath in Washington, D.C., when the lead contamination of Flint's drinking water was in the national spotlight, told the committee he learned about the Legionnaires' disease outbreaks one day before he made the health issue public at a Jan. 13, 2016, news conference.
But Harvey Hollins III, who was Snyder's point person on the Flint water crisis, testified in a criminal case in Flint on Oct. 6 that he told Snyder about the Legionnaires' disease outbreaks weeks earlier, in December.

You can watch Snyder's testimony here ===> Congressional Hearing Of The Committee on Oversight and Government Reform On Flint Water Crisis, February 3, 2016

In the letter, Gowdy and Cummings cited details of the conflicting testimony.

"In order to resolve this discrepancy in recollection, please supply the committee with any additional relevant information you have concerning the date upon which you first learned of the Legionnaires' disease," the letter said.

"If necessary, you may also choose to amend or supplement your testimony."

The  lawmakers asked Snyder to respond by Oct. 25 and told him that under federal law, it is perjury to "knowingly and willfully" make a false statement under oath.

Snyder wrote a reply letter to the committee Thursday, saying: "My testimony was truthful, and I stand by it."

"I have specifically reviewed the question and my answer referenced in your letter," Snyder said.

"While you have offered for me to clarify my sworn testimony, I do not believe there is any reason to do so."

This is the part where I throw in my 2 cents.  See, the Michigan Attorney General, Bill Schuette, is running for governor.  Bill Schuette is a suave and savvy politician who has hired the independent prosecution team of Todd Flood and Andy Arena, the former being Wayne County murder and the other being federal public corruption out of Detroit, both of whom are loved by the masses.

So far, Snyder has been dodging them.

Now, the question that should be looming over the heads of the curious is, "Who the hell advised Snyder to not amend or supplement his testimony?"

Snyder said he and his office "will continue to fully cooperate" with the committee.

Perjury prosecutions for lying to Congress are rare.

U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee, a Democrat from Flint Township, welcomed Thursday's letter from the lawmakers.

“Flint families deserve to know the truth about when the governor first learned of the Legionnaires’ outbreak," Kildee said in a news release. "Justice for Flint families comes in many forms, including holding those in state government who created the crisis accountable.”

I have nothing to support my statement right here so consider this another 2 cents.  It is my belief that Michigan Attorney General Schuette has, oh, how can we say, capitulated to federal authorities on the many other matters associated with the "leadership" of Snyder, like, um....I the Detroit Land Bank Authority federal investigation and grand jury because it is all interconnected.

Just ask Dan Kildee, creator of the land bank concept.

Schuette is far from stupid like Mike Cox.  Yes, I called out Mikey, again. 

I believe Schuette is sick of what is going on in Michigan.  That is all I am going to say on the topic right now, as a few of us patiently await to see what he is going to do with the jacklegged charity filings of the Clinton Foundation in Michigan.

Flint's drinking water became contaminated with lead following a switch of the city's drinking water supply to the Flint River in April 2014, while the city was under the control of a state-appointed emergency manager.

Despite almost immediate complaints about the color, odor and taste of the water, the state did not acknowledge a lead contamination problem until about Oct. 1, 2015, long after tests showed elevated lead levels in tap water samples and a spike in toxic lead levels in the blood of Flint children.

The State of Michigan never responds to constituents' concerns, particularly if they deal with "The Poors" (always said with clinched teeth).

At least a dozen deaths have been linked to the Legionnaires' disease outbreaks in Genesee County that followed the water switch, though a definitive causal relationship between the water switch and the disease outbreak has not been established.

Please, keep in mind, it is all about the dollars...and privatization.
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