Flint Hires Immigration Attorney To Investigate Claims Against Mayor

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.

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

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.

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 …”

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.

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

By Gary Ridley for Michigan Live
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