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Former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and others will be indicted in the Flint water crisis, reports say

January 13, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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FLINT, MI - JANUARY 27: Michigan Gov Rick Snyder speaks to media regarding the status of the Flint water crisis on January 27, 2016 at Flint City Hall in Flint, Michigan. A federal state of emergency has been declared in Flint related to the city's water becoming contaminated. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Rick Snyder

Former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder is about to be indicted on criminal charges by a special counsel for his role in the Flint water crisis, news outlets including CNN affiliate WXYZ report.

(CNN)Former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder is about to be indicted on criminal charges by a special counsel for his role in the Flint water crisis, news outlets including CNN affiliate WXYZ report.

Snyder and several other officials will face state criminal charges in connection with the crisis, the outlets report.

Snyder's attorney calls the reports "meritless" and a "political escapade. "

"It is outrageous to think any criminal charges would be filed against Gov. Snyder.

"Rather than following the evidence to find the truth, the Office of Special Counsel appears to be targeting former Gov. Snyder in a political escapade. "

Flint's water problems can be traced back to 2014, when city and state officials switched the city's water supply in an effort to cut costs.

Gov. Snyder apologized for the state's role in the crisis.

The water quality problems began when the state switched Flint's water supply from Lake Huron to the notoriously filthy Flint River.

An outbreak of Legionnaires' disease linked to the water led to criminal charges against state officials, including Nick Lyon, then-director of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, in 2017.

More than a dozen lawsuits, including several class-action suits, were filed against the state, the city of Flint and some state and city employees involved in the decision to switch the source of the drinking water and those responsible for monitoring water quality.

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