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Congressman on Flint Water Crisis: ‘This Is a Failing at Every Level’

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A Congressional hearing on the lead-poisoning crisis in Flint, Michigan was missing a key player on Tuesday: the state-appointed official who ordered the city’s fateful switch in water sources that triggered the problem.

Lawyers for the official, Darnell Earley, have said that he didn’t get the subpoena from the House Oversight Committee in time to travel to Washington, and that he was too busy dealing with another crisis: deteriorating conditions in Detroit public schools.

The committee’s chairman, Jason Chaffetz, said he would ask U.S. Marshals to “hunt him down” to make him testify.

“This is a failing at every level,”…

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