Special Counsel Appointed to Investigate Flint

LANSING, Mich. (AP) -

Michigan’s attorney general has named a former prosecutor as special counsel to investigate whether laws were broken during the process that left Flint with lead-tainted water.

Bill Schuette said Monday that former Wayne County assistant prosecutor Todd Flood will spearhead his office’s probe with assistance from Andy Arena, the former head of Detroit’s FBI office.

The Republican attorney general also said his office is reviewing what can be done to prevent Flint residents from being billed for water.

Schuette said that appointing the special counsel will prevent conflicts between him, his investigation team and the team defending the state against water-related lawsuits.

Republican Gov. Rick Snyder has apologized for regulatory failures and other things that led to Flint’s crisis. Federal investigations also are underway.