A top Republican representative called on U.S. Marshals to “hunt down” Michigan’s former emergency manager during a congressional hearing Wednesday.
Darrel Early, the former emergency manager who some consider to be one of the suspects behind the Flint water scandal, was subpoenaed by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform a week before Wednesday’s congressional hearing. Early, whom Michigan Rick Snyder appointed as the emergency manager, told ABC News the subpoena arrived too late, making it impossible for him to appear before the panel.
“Early was sent the subpoena last week, so he knew that he was supposed to attend the hearing,” Utah Republican Rep. [crscore]Jason Chaffetz[/crscore], the committee’s chairman, said at the hearing.
“We’re calling on the U.S. Marshals to hunt him down and give him that subpoena,”Chaffetz said to cheers from hearing attendees.
He went on to tell his fellow panelists and the audience gathered he would issue a new subpoena compelling Early to appear next month before the committee.
“Participation before this committee is not optional,” Chaffetz said.
There were other notable absences at the hearing. Miguel Del Toral, an Environmental Protection Agency official, and Susan Hedman, the former regional head of the EPA who resigned amid the water crisis.
Chafettz granted Del Toral a reprieve, stating that the EPA has promised to fork over his email correspondence to the panel before the end of the week.
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