Just one day after Gov. Snyder released what he says are all of his emails from 2014 and 2015 regarding his administration’s poisoning of Flint’s drinking water along with the state government’s official timeline, evidence has already surfaced that it, at best, incomplete. Progress Michigan has discovered that his Chief of Staff met with Flint officials regarding lead contamination in August of last year. According to Gov. Snyder, he knew nothing about it until October.
Documents obtained by Progress Michigan, a government watchdog group, reveal that Governor Rick Snyder’s Chief of Staff Dennis Muchmore met with Flint residents regarding a positive lead sample on August 4, 2015 — nearly two months before Snyder claims to have known about the lead crisis. The meeting was not referenced in the emails released by Gov. Snyder on January20th or the timeline released by his administration after his State of the State address.
Snyder claims to have first heard about the lead crisis on October 1, 2015.
The documents include an internal timeline from a Michigan Department of Environmental Quality employee showing that a meeting with Flint residents took place and a follow-up email from Virginia Tech researcher Marc Edwards was sent regarding the invalidation of a positive lead sample by the MDEQ that was discussed in that meeting.
Progress Michigan Executive Director Lonnie Scott says this new information calls into question Gov. Snyder’s veracity on pretty much everything he has said about the catastrophe his administration is responsible for. “The failure to disclose this meeting in August involving his most senior staffer calls Snyder’s entire timeline of events into question and the fact that the emails he released yesterday have nothing regarding it speaks volumes,” said Scott. “Did Snyder know about this August meeting? If he did, why hasn’t he disclosed that to the public? We will never know until he releases all emails from his office, including those of Dennis Muchmore.”
He is, of course, 100% correct. Based on this, unless Dennis Muchmore kept this bombshell information from his boss and the governor of the state, we can’t believe anything our apologetic governor says.
Maybe even his apology.
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