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CRIME AND CRIMINALS: RACKETEERING :

LAW CASES :

DISASTERS: WATER POLLUTION :

MEDICAL: CONDITIONS: LEAD POISONING :

WATER SUPPLY :

DISEASES :

UNITED STATES: CITIES: FLINT, MICHIGAN :

UNITED STATES: POLITICS: POLITICAL PARTIES: REPUBLICAN PARTY, TEA PARTY :

INDUSTRIES: PETROLEUM :

LIBERTARIANISM :

AUSTERITY :

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POLITICAL CORRUPTION:

Flint Hires Immigration Attorney to Investigate Claims Against Mayor

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Flint Hires Immigration Attorney to Investigate Claims Against Mayor

By Gary Ridley

May 11, 2016 at 4:43 PM,

updated May 11, 2016 at 4:44 PM

M-Live

http://www.mlive.com/news/flint/index.ssf/ 2016/05/city_hires_immigration_attorne.html

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FLINT, MI  An immigration attorney has been retained by the city of Flint to investigate whistleblowing claims made against Mayor Karen Weaver by a fired city administrator.

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But, news of the special investigator came as a surprise to the city council.

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The attorney for former Flint City Administrator Natasha Henderson was sent a letter from Okemos-based attorney Brendon Basiga stating he has been hired by the city to conduct an “independent investigation” into accusations raised by former city administrator Natasha Henderson.
Henderson filed a federal lawsuit Monday, May 9, in Detroit U.S. District Court, claiming she was fired from her position after asking the city attorney’s office to investigate claims Weaver may have been telling city staff and volunteers to send potential water crisis donors to her own fund, rather than a fund managed by the Community Foundation of Greater Flint.

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The letter to Grand Rapids attorney Katherine Smith Kennedy, dated by Basiga three days prior to Henderson’s suit being filed, claims “his law firm has been retained by the City of Flint to conduct an independent investigation into some of the allegations made by Ms. Henderson concerning her Whistleblower complaint …”

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However, Basiga’s involvement in the case came as a surprise to members of the city council, who claim they were not made aware of his hire.

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“I don’t understand what would be the purpose,” councilwoman Vicki VanBuren said of Basiga’s hire.

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Basiga’s letter requests a meeting with Henderson.

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City spokeswoman Kristin Moore said previously that Flint attorney Kendall Williams was hired to represent the city in the Henderson case. Williams could not be reached for comment.

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City Attorney Stacy Erwin Oakes directed questions on the issue to Moore. Moore could not be reached for comment on Basiga’s hire. Calls to Basiga’s Okemos and Canadian offices were not returned.

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Weaver issued a statement Wednesday on the lawsuit, but did not address Basiga’s role with the city.

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“It saddens me that someone would attempt to taint me as mayor of a city that is dealing with a major public health crisis, which has affected every man, woman and child in Flint. I will continue to work hard to serve the people of Flint, seek support for our residents, and secure the necessary resources from generous donors from around our great nation to help the city and citizens I have been elected to serve.”

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The lawsuit claims Weaver’s executive assistant reported around Feb. 9 to Henderson that “she feared going to jail” after Weaver allegedly instructed her and a city volunteer to direct donations from the Community Foundation of Greater Flint’s Safe Water/Safe Home Fund to a different fund, named “Karenabout Flint.”

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The lawsuit claims Murray allegedly told Henderson that she was specifically directed to tell donors and potential donors step-by-step how to donate to the Karenabout Flint fund through its website, rather than instruct them in the steps to donate to the Community Foundation’s fund.

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State records do not show Karenabout Flint as a registered political action committee. However, the mayor used the “Karen about Flint” slogan throughout the campaign.

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Henderson claims she told the city attorney’s office Feb. 9 that the redirection of the charity funds should be further investigated by then-Interim City Attorney Anthony Chubb.

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The lawsuit alleges Henderson reiterated her concerns in a Feb. 10 email to Chubb, asking him to “promptly initiate an investigation of this matter in your capacity.” She further asked for advice on appropriate actions she could take to protect employees from potential retaliation for reporting such allegations.

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