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Snyder responds to lawsuits: 'we're going through the appropriate legal processes'

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Gov. Rick Snyder has had a tumultuous week as he faces several lawsuits, allegations of racketeering and misuse of taxpayer dollars.

So far, the governor’s office refused to comment on them.

TV5 took our tough questions to Lansing, directly to Snyder.

“Well again, there are a number of lawsuits. We’re reviewing them all and we’ll be going through the process of responding to them,” Snyder said.

U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee on Wednesday said the governor's use of taxpayer dollars to fund private attorneys was "an insult to the people of Flint."

“Again, a lot of people have a lot of words. Again, we’re going through the appropriate the legal processes,” Snyder said.

Snyder called Flint's water crisis a tragic situation at the Lansing Regional Chamber Economic Club.

“You stand up and say I’m going to fix it. And that’s what we’re doing,” Snyder said.

After the speech TV5 pressed Snyder to go into more detail about the lawsuits. That includes the Rico lawsuit filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court. The suit claims the state conspired to solve Flint’s financial struggles by selling residents poisoned water.

But Snyder stuck to his guns, refusing to comment about how much accountability he shares in the water crisis.

“I need to be very careful when you’re talking about lawsuits," Snyder said. "So there’s a lot of restrictions in what I can say. So we’re going through the process of diligently reviewing all the lawsuits and responding appropriately.”

Snyder said pipe removal was working ahead of schedule in Flint.

"Well I think the pace has picked up in terms of the initial goal was to remove 30 lead pipes. I think they're nearly there in terms of achieving that goal," Snyder said. "And part of it when you begin a process like this it's a learning experience. But again I wanted to see this move forward properly and I think we're getting there."

On March 24, Flint Mayor Karen Weaver filed a "Notice of Intention to File Claim," preserving the city's right to follow legal recourse against the state in the future. On April 1, the state responded, asking the city to withdraw its notice saying it create an unnecessary conflict.

Still, Snyder said he has a good rapport with Weaver.

"I have good one-on-one conversations with the mayor and our teams are talking on a daily basis," Snyder said. "So there's a lot of communication going on. And again the way I view it, as is we want to be good partners. The mayor is responsible for running the city of Flint and as governor I'm responsible for the state and we have common citizens."

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