Michigan's top prosecutor launched an investigation Friday into the Flint water crisis to see if any laws were broken — as the local sheriff declared that "people lied to us," NBC News reported.
"In 21st century America, no one should have to fear something as basic as turning on the kitchen faucet," Attorney General Bill Schuette said in a statement.
Federal prosecutors said earlier this month they’re working with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on an investigation into problems with lead in Flint’s water supply.
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Schuette's announcement comes just hours after Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder announced he’s asking President Barack Obama to issue an emergency and major disaster declaration.