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Michigan Governor Rick Snyder Hasn't Been Grilled Over Flint

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Gov. Rick Snyder speaks to the press on April 20, 2016 in Lansing, Mich. Months after officials conceded that a series of bad decisions had caused a disaster, charges were filed against a pair of state Department of Environmental Quality employees and a local water treatment supervisor and stem from an investigation by the office of the attorney general.Julia Nagy / Lansing State Journal via AP

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Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder said Wednesday that he has not been questioned or interviewed by prosecutors in connection with the Flint water crisis and doesn't believe he broke any laws.

His comments came after the state attorney general announced charges against two state environmental officials and a city worker who are accused of misleading regulators about the safety of Flint's water supply — and promised that more people would be charged.

Asked at a press conference if he thought he had done anything that amounted to a crime, Gov. Snyder said, "I don't even want to get into that kind of speculation. I don't believe so."

Snyder, who has been fending off calls for his resignation since a state of emergency was declared in the fall, also said his office is cooperating fully with the probe.

Related: 'Failed Us All': 3 Officials Hit With Charges in Flint Water Crisis

Michigan AG Bill Schuette refused to say Wednesday how many more people he expects will be criminally charged for the crisis — in which the city of 100,000 was exposed to toxic lead because officials didn't treat their new water supply with anti-corrosion agents.

"I think its critically important these investigations go forward... People deserve the truth and deserve the answers," Snyder said.

Related: Michigan Governor Snyder: I Will Drink Flint Tap Water for 30 Day

But, he added, "I want to make sure we're not casting a cloud over tens of thousands of state employees who are working hard."

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder drinks some water as he testifies before a House Oversight and government Reform hearing on "Examining Federal Administration of the Safe Drinking Water Act in Flint, Michigan, Part III" on Capitol Hill in Washington March 17, 2016.KEVIN LAMARQUE / Reuters, file

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