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Committee Dem Asks For Snyder Subpoena

Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., ranking member of the House Oversight Committee, speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in May.

The ranking Democrat on the US House Oversight Committee wants to subpoena Governor Rick Snyder.

As we hear from Michigan Public Radio’s Rick Pluta, he’s looking for more answers on when the governor become aware of a fatal outbreak of Legionnaire’s disease. 

Congressman Elijah Cummings wants the governor to explain apparent inconsistencies between his testimony before Congress and the testimony of a top aide in a criminal trial. The confusion focuses on when Governor Snyder first became aware of a fatal outbreak in 2015 of Legionnaire's disease in Genessee County.

Cummings says the governor’s office is withholding documents that could help explain what he knew and when.

A spokesperson for the governor said there would be no response to a “political” request from Cummings. The governor has said he stands by his testimony before the committee. 

Rick Pluta is Senior Capitol Correspondent for the Michigan Public Radio Network. He has been covering Michigan’s Capitol, government, and politics since 1987. His journalism background includes stints with UPI, The Elizabeth (NJ) Daily Journal, The (Pontiac, MI) Oakland Press, and WJR. He is also a lifelong public radio listener.
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