By Steve Neavling
A former head of the Detroit FBI is helping assist a Michigan attorney general investigation into the handling of the Flint water crisis that led to thousands of residents being poisoned by lead, The Detroit Free Press reports.
Attorney General Bill Schuette, who originally refused to get involved in the water crisis, said he’s tapping Andrew Arena, a former FBI Director in Detroit, to help investigate.
“We will do our job thoroughly and let the chips fall where they may,” Schuette said in a news release.
“This investigation is about beginning the road back to rebuild, regain and restore trust in government.”
The Republican, who appears to be planning to run for governor in 2018, said the investigation will determine whether city or state officials violated laws for their handling of the crisis.
Arena, a former prosecutor in Michigan, worked on high-profile corruption cases while he was the head of the FBI’s Detroit office.
“I am honored to return to public service on a case so important to the public trust,” Arena said in the news release. “We will enter the investigation with open eyes and follow the facts, whatever the outcome, and Flint families and Michigan families will receive a full and independent report of our investigation.”
The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Detroit and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is also investigating to determine if any laws were broken.