NPR News for Central and Northern Michigan
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations

Rick Snyder takes the "fifth" on Flint Water Crisis

By Spc. Brandon Ames, Michigan Army National Guard (20130720-A-9219A-003) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Former Governor Rick Snyder doesn’t want to testify at a civil trial in Federal court concerning the Flint water crisis.

The civil trial concerns damage claims by four children exposed to Flint’s tainted drinking water. They’re suing two engineering firms which consulted on Flint’s water system.

The former governor was deposed by attorneys in the civil case before he was indicted on two misdemeanor counts connected to water crisis.

Snyder’s attorneys have informed the federal judge in the civil trial that...if he’s called to testify, the former governor will invoke his Fifth Amendment privilege as to any question that conceivably could be put to him at trial.

The attorneys say Snyder maintains his innocence.

The former governor’s request to quash the subpoenas will likely be the subject of a hearing later this month.