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Snyder will take 5th if called to testify in water trial

Governor Rick Snyder talks to reporters behind the camera who are holding micophones.
Steve Carmody
Michigan Radio
Snyder was charged early last year.

Former Gov. Rick Snyder wants to avoid testifying in a civil trial involving engineering firms that are being sued over liability for lead-contaminated water.

That's because Snyder faces misdemeanor charges in the Flint water crisis. He says he has a right to remain silent.

A judge has scheduled a March 15 hearing on Snyder’s request that the subpoena be set aside.

Veolia North America and Lockwood, Andrews & Newman are in the middle of a trial in federal court in Ann Arbor.

They're accused of not doing more to get Flint to properly treat water that was being pulled from the Flint River in 2014-15.

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