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Michigan attorney general to probe water crisis

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FLINT, Mich. (AP) -

Michigan's attorney general says he plans to investigate Flint's water crisis.

The announcement early Friday from the office of Bill Schuette says he'll seek to determine what, if any, Michigan laws were violated. He says work on the investigation will begin immediately.

Schuette says in a statement that the situation in Flint "is a human tragedy in which families are struggling with even the most basic parts of daily life."

Federal prosecutors said earlier this month they're working with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on an investigation into problems with lead in Flint's water supply.

The announcement from Michigan's attorney general comes just hours after Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder announced he's asking President Barack Obama to issue an emergency and major disaster declaration.

Meantime, the Michigan Democratic Party is calling on Schuette to appoint an independent investigator to the probe, saying he has a "conflict of interest and history of blocking the people of Flint from accessing critical information" on the water crisis.

“Bill Schuette has disqualified himself from conducting a fair and honest investigation of the Snyder administration’s role in the Flint water crisis, plain and simple,” said Brandon Dillon, Michigan Democratic Party Chair. “His history of stonewalling the release of critical information to the people of Flint shows that he is more interested in protecting his Republican cronies than getting to the bottom of what Snyder knew and when.  What’s more, Schuette is the one responsible for defending Snyder against lawsuits from the people of Flint, raising a serious conflict of interest.  It’s no wonder Bill Schuette waited months to launch his so-called investigation, and only after being called out for his inaction. Schuette is more interested in political opportunity and protecting his Republican friends than he is in protecting the people of Flint.”

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