(WASHINGTON) — The chairman of the House Oversight Committee said Wednesday that U.S. Marshals will “hunt … down” the former emergency manager of Flint, one of several officials who did not appear before his panel for the first Congressional hearing on the water crisis in Michigan.
Darnell Earley, the former emergency manager of Flint who served when the city’s water source was switched to the Flint River, was subpoenaed by the panel ahead of Wednesday’s hearing, but his attorney told ABC News the subpoena came too late for him to appear before the committee.
“We’re calling on the U.S. Marshals to hunt him down and give him that subpoena,” Jason Chaffetz said, to cheers.
The Utah Republican said the committee would issue a new subpoena to compel Earley, who was appointed by Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder to serve as emergency manager, to appear later this month.
“Participation before this committee is not optional,” Chaffetz said.
Earley, along with Miguel Del Toral, an Environmental Protection Agency official, and Susan Hedman, the former regional head of the EPA who resigned amid the water crisis, did not appear before the committee Wednesday.
Chaffetz accepted Del Toral’s decision not to appear, and said the EPA has agreed to turn over his emails to the committee by the end of the week. Del Toral has been credited with sounding the alarm about the elevated lead levels in Flint’s municipal water supply.
Republicans and Democrats are investigating the response to the water crisis in Flint, after toxic levels of lead were found in the city’s water supply last year.
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