Snyder sticking to story about Legionnaires'

Gov. Rick Snyder testifies before the Joint House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform in this Flint Journal file

Gov. Rick Snyder testifies before the Joint House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform in this Flint Journal file

In a Thursday letter, Oversight Chairman Trey GowdyTrey GowdyCummings demands documents about Conway's flights with Price Dems call for "emergency" hearing on Trump's hurricane response Democrats unveil bills to ban Cabinet members" private jet travel MORE (R-S.C.) and ranking member Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsCummings: Voter fraud commission will "suppress the vote' House Dems call for Kobach's removal from voter fraud commission Top Dems ask White House to turn over any Trump recordings MORE (D-Md.) asked Snyder to "amend or supplement" his congressional testimony that he was told about an outbreak of Legionnaire's disease in Flint in January 2016.

Synder told Congress in March 2016 that he "didn't learn of that until 2016". But his aide told a judge he told Snyder about Legionnaires' before Christmas 2015.

But Harvey Hollins III, who was Snyder's point man on the Flint water crisis, testified in a criminal case in Flint on October 6 that he told Snyder about the Legionnaires' disease outbreaks weeks earlier, in December.

Snyder spokesman Ari Adler declined to comment on the apparent conflict. But he said the governor's testimony was accurate. The outbreak wasn't publicly announced until Snyder and his health chief held a news conference in January 2016. It was a remarkable sidebar to Flint's ongoing disaster: a lead-contaminated water supply.

Committee leaders are now asking the governor to clarify by October 25. Prosecutors allege that a timely announcement could have saved lives. It's a pneumonia caused by bacteria that thrive in warm water and infect the lungs.

Lyon, director of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, is charged with involuntary manslaughter and misconduct in office for his role in the Legionnaires' outbreak, a surge that coincided with the city's use of the Flint River as its water source in parts of 2014 and 2015. More than a dozen people have been charged.

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