If you see another white Ford Bronco chase on the news anytime soon (remember O.J….?), it just might be DPS Emergency Manager Darnell Earley on the run from the feds. Earley was served with a subpoena on Tuesday to appear today before the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform in Washington D.C., but apparently Earley must have mistook the subpoena for an RSVP because he is acting like he thought his requested appearance was optional. His response was to decline to appear which, well, you kinda can’t do when you get a subpoena.
Check this out from the CBS Detroit website…
LANSING (WWJ/AP) – If a manhunt is what it takes to get the truth out about the Flint water crisis, then so be it. That’s the word from the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, which is investigating the city’s lead contamination crisis.
Jason Chaffetz, committee chair, said Wednesday during the first hearing on Capitol Hill that Darnell Earley, who was state-appointed emergency manager for Flint when its water source was switched, has refused to testify in the case.
“On Tuesday, I issued a subpoena,” he said. “Normally these are done electronically with a council of record. His attorney refused service.”
Chaffetz is now asking a higher power to step in and force Earley to give a deposition, testimony under oath, sometime before the end of the month.
“We’re calling on the U.S. Marshalls to hunt him down and give him that subpoena,” said Chaffetz.
If Earley refuses to testify, he could face up to a year in federal prison, according to Legal Analyst Charlie Langton.
“It is unusual because most of the time you just take a subpoena, you know you have to testify and you just go and testify. But for whatever reason, Earley’s not cooperating,” said Langton. “I can’t imagine why he wouldn’t do this. If I was representing him, I would say ‘Mr. Early, you get your you know what down to that congressional testimony and say what you know.’”