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Detroit, Michigan former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick
alleges in letter from Prison both Republican and Democratic
officials knew over a decade ago, systematic and financial issues
existed with Flint's Water System.
Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick (D) might be serving 27 years in a Federal Correctional Institution in El Reno, OK.
However, Detroit's former Mayor current living arrangements is not hindering his ability to weight in on Flint, Michigan Toxic Water Crisis - blaming both past and present Republican and Democratic officials for Flint's current state.
According to Kilpatrick discussions surrounding the mismanagement of Flint's Water Department started back in 2004. Michigan's former Governor Jennifer Granholm (D) -now Chief Adviser to Hillary Clinton's Presidential Campaign-, selected members of then Democratically controlled Michigan Legislature, Southeastern Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG) and Genesee County Officials were all parties to Flint Water issues at the time - Kilpatrick detailed in a January 19 Facebook post.
Two years later in 2006, Kilpatrick claims negotiations begun to place Flint's Water Department on the Detroit Water and Sewer System. SEMCOG, Genesee Counties Drain Commissioner, a State Senator, and a State House Member all from Genesee County Kilpatrick alleges, opposed the deal.
Kilpatrick also states former U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan - the late Justice John Feikens was fully aware of the negotiations nearly ten years prior, along with former Governor Jennifer Granholm - who left office by way of term limits in 2010.
As for what current Governor Rick Snyder knew, Kilpatrick says of Snyder is being "viciously, aggressively, and deliberately untruthful" when claiming he was only recently made aware of Flint Water System structural and equipment woes.
Read the entire January 19 statement by Detroit's former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, below.