Angered that Michigan officials have declined to testify before his committee about Flint's water crisis, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings on Thursday instead took his argument to them.
Writing in the Detroit Free Press, the Baltimore lawmaker and top Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, argued that Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder is "hunkering down" and that "things are getting worse for him."
Cummings and other Democrats are upset that Snyder, a Republican, declined to testify on the water crisis. Another state official, former city Emergency Manager Darnell Earley, also declined to answer questions despite a congressional subpoena.
"It is unclear why he is being paid as he avoids responsibility to the people he is supposed to serve," Cummings wrote in a scathing op-ed in the Detroit newspaper. "Why did Snyder allow Earley to evade questions from Congress he may not want to answer?
"The people of Flint deserve to know what was said between the governor’s office and Earley about his resignation and his refusal to cooperate with Congress," Cummings wrote.