Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette has spent $2 million so far in the criminal investigation into the Flint water crisis.
The spending records were obtained as the result of a freedom of information request by The Detroit News. It shows much of the money was spent on salaries, phones, computers, and other equipment for a team of 40 lawyers and investigators hired for the job.
Andrea Bitely of the attorney general’s office says that guarded against conflicts of interest as the unit looked into the actions of state and local officials.
“It is the best solution and the most-efficient way to ensure that we find justice for the families of Flint.”
Nine state and local officials have been charged with crimes already, and Bitely says more charges could be filed as the inquiry continues.