The office of Gov. Joe Manchin admitted late Friday that federal investigators had subpoenaed two state government agencies this week.
The Charleston Gazette reported that the Department of Administration and the Division of Highways were subpoenaed earlier this week in regards to a federal grand jury investigation. Reporter Alison Knezevich has more details:
Charleston lawyer and former special prosecutor Dwane Tinsley has been appointed as a special assistant attorney general representing the two agencies.
Tinsley says both Administration and Highways were subpoenaed for documents, and that he became involved in the case yesterday (Thursday). He says no individuals were subpoenaed, only the agencies.
He did not elaborate on what kind of documents the feds are seeking.
“We’re in the process of trying to get those documents together,” Tinsley said, “and that’s all I know.”
West Virginia Watchdog was the first to report about the Governor’s office receiving the subpoenas. Manchin Spokesperson Melvin Smith originally stated Friday morning that federal investigators had only “requested” documents and information from state officials. Later Friday afternoon he emailed an updated statement that the State of West Virginia was given two subpoenas, though none of the subpoenas were directed at Gov. Joe Manchin or Manchin officials.
“The State of West Virginia was served this week with two federal subpoenas.
“Neither subpoena was directed to Governor Manchin or the Governor’s Office. No individual in the Governor’s Office was served with a subpoena.
“The Governor has directed State officials to fully cooperate and comply expeditiously.
“Governor Manchin wants to get to the bottom of the issue as soon as possible.
“The State has not been informed that Governor Manchin or any other state employee is under investigation.”