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US Marshals to 'hunt down' former EFM Darnell Earley, attorney responds

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Calls to 'hunt down' Darnell Earley and give him a subpoena opened the U.S. Congressional hearing into the Flint water crisis.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, the chairman of the House Oversight Committee, said he is "calling on the U.S. Marshals to hunt him down and give him the subpoena".

Earley was invited to attend the hearing that is discussing the ongoing issues issues with lead in Flint’s water, but on Feb. 1 “respectfully declined” to appear. Chaffetz said on Tuesday he issued a subpoena to force Earley to attend the hearing. Chaffetz said Earley's attorney "refused service" of that subpoena. A new subpoena is being issued Wednesday, and Chaffetz said Earley will appear for a deposition later this month.

Earley's attorney has fired back, saying there is no reason to "hunt" him down. A. Scott Bolden, says it was "physically impossible" for him [Earley] to appear at the hearing. Bolden says he informed the committee that Earley would be willing to appear on another date, although Earley might invoke his right to remain silent.

"If the Committee issues a new subpoena for DE [Darnell Earley], I will accept service and we will honor and respect that subpoena and he will appear before the committee to testify, subject to any of his constitutional protections, privileges and rights," said A. Scott Bolden in a statement to TV5.

On Feb. 4 Bolden said he accepted service of a new subpoena for a deposition for Feb. 25.

Earley was the emergency manager in Flint when the city made the switch from the Detroit water system to the Flint River.

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