August 6th, 2010
07:08 PM ET
4 years ago

Manchin confirms DOJ served state with subpoenas

A spokesman for West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin confirmed to CNN the DOJ served the state with two subpoenas this week.
A spokesman for West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin confirmed to CNN the DOJ served the state with two subpoenas this week.

Washington (CNN) – The Department of Justice served the state of West Virginia two subpoenas this week, the governor's office said late Friday, adding that they had "not been informed that Governor [Joe] Manchin or any other state employee is under investigation."

The statement came after West Virginia Watchdog, a state chapter of the non-profit Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity, reported the subpoenas are part of a federal grand jury investigation into work done at the Governor's Mansion in Charleston.

West Virginia Watchdog asked for contracts and records for businesses that have done work at the mansion.

The Justice Department had no comment.

Manchin's office said in a written statement that neither of the two subpoenas "was directed to Governor Manchin or the Governor's Office" and that "no individual" in his office was served.

"The Governor has directed State officials to fully cooperate and comply expeditiously," the statement said. "Governor Manchin wants to get to the bottom of the issue as soon as possible."

Steven Allen Adams, the West Virginia Watchdog managing editor who also works for the conservative-leaning Public Policy Foundation of West Virginia, cited an unnamed source who said Manchin was the target of the probe.

Manchin, a Democrat, has been in office since 2005. He announced in July he would seek to fill the unexpired term of the late Sen. Robert Byrd.

-CNN's Carol Cratty contributed to this report


Filed under: 2010 • Joe Manchin • West Virginia
soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. Keith in Austin

    Just one more crooked Democrap to add to Queen Nancy's swamp!

    August 6, 2010 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  2. phoenix86

    Another democrat invovled in corrpution, what news is this? The DOJ should start investigating the White House.

    August 6, 2010 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  3. TOTUS FOR PRESIDENT

    Typical state-controlled media story. No mention until the very last paragraph that Manchin is a DEMOCRAT. The swamp just keeps getting more and more crowded with corrupt DEMOCRAT politicos...

    August 6, 2010 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  4. Glenn Koons

    So another Dem crook, huh? Will the Journolist MSM cover for him because they hate his Pub opponent ? BTW, what is the name of that Pub opponent? Perhaps the media outlets will give him some coverage now especially if Joe goes down for the count and the voters just get so angry at these Dem bums that they actually elect a Pub in WVA.

    August 6, 2010 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  5. Rushs unseen, unheard, staff are the people he has callin to his show

    This is what coal dust has done to their brain and to genes passed on to their kids.

    August 6, 2010 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  6. A keen observer

    Sounds like Karl Rove is back at work!

    August 6, 2010 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  7. Muffet

    A clear attempt of the republi-cons to tarnish the Governor's charactor.
    Typical GOTP election strategy.

    August 6, 2010 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  8. dennis

    Another example of Obama sending Brown Shirts at the DOJ to shakedown his opposition, and turn the USA into the USSA.

    August 6, 2010 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  9. they call me "tater salad"

    Notice all of the Democrats suddenly under investigation? That's an obvious sign of Republican desperation right there!

    August 6, 2010 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  10. James

    haha gay people suck

    August 6, 2010 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  11. George of the jungle

    amazing wonder who these consevative could be voteing for. I think we will see a lot of this crap between now and November. But you know this could back fire so hope you conservitives don't have any skeletons in your closets . The fact that they probably won't find anything doesn't matter as long as they can brand someone. This was not directed at the governor but wartch how they try to brand him. Vote all repos out in November.

    August 6, 2010 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |