Early: I was made aware of that email when I sat before the governor’s task force. It was the first time I had seen that email. So I’m not sure who he is talking about when he says people above him. There were at least two other layers — one— possibly two other layers of supervision before it got to me.
Leiu: So even though you regularly, as you said, met with water treatment plant officials, you had no idea that the water treatment plant operator said I am not ready to go on this. You had no idea?
Early: No. There was no discussion of that in our regular meetings. What was —
Lieu: Stop right there. You also testified that this was not a leadership issue, this was purely a water treatment issue. I suggest that this was a leadership issue if you had no idea, even though you had regular meetings, that this water treatment operator was making statements that he was not ready to go. I’m curious. Mr. [Dayne] Walling [Flint’s former mayor], I commend him for saying, ‘I’m sorry,’ and apologizing. That took courage. Mr. Earley, I don’t see any according to your testimony — are you ready to say you’re sorry?
Earley: What I’ve said, and will say again, is that you know I was responsible. It happened on my watch.
Lieu: Are you sorry?
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