Feds subpoena two state agencies

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Aug 11, 2010


CHARLESTON - West Virginia was served last week with two federal subpoenas, Gov. Joe Manchin's office has confirmed.

The subpoenas ask for documents from the West Virginia Department of Administration and Department of Highways, cabinet agencies under Manchin.

"Neither subpoena was directed to Governor Manchin or the Governor's Office," his office said in a statement late Friday. "No individual in the Governor's Office was served with a subpoena."

According to the statement, Manchin 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," his office said.

Manchin's office said the state hasn't been informed that the governor or any other state employee is under investigation.

State Attorney General Darrell McGraw has appointed Dwane Tinsley of Charleston to represent the state, The Associated Press reported.

Both McGraw's office and federal prosecutors have declined to comment on the case.

Manchin is nearly halfway through his second term as governor, and was previously secretary of state.

Last month, the governor appointed his former general counsel, Carte Goodwin, to serve as West Virginia's interim senator until a new one is elected to fill the seat of the late Robert C. Byrd, who died June 28. Goodwin is the cousin of Booth Goodwin, U.S. attorney for the Southern District of West Virginia.

Manchin, a 62-year-old Democrat, is running in this fall's special election for Byrd's seat. The primary election is set for Aug. 28. He is considered the frontrunner.

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