More subpoenas for Gov. Manchin’s administration in W. Va.

This is not good news a a few days before your election. Polls show West Virginia’s senate race is going to be a squeaker, but the Charleston Gazette is reporting that the Feds are issuing a new round of subpoenas for Manchin’s administration:

An ongoing federal grand jury investigation of the Manchin administration took a new turn Monday, with sources confirming that federal subpoenas were issued for the state Aviation Division director and for records maintained by the Aviation Division.

The subpoenas were issued for director Keith Wood and for division flight records.

Both Melvin Smith, spokesman for Gov. Joe Manchin, and Diane Holley-Brown, spokeswoman for the Department of Administration, which oversees the Aviation Division, referred all questions regarding the subpoenas to Charleston lawyer Dwane Tinsley.

Numerous calls to Tinsley, who was appointed as a special attorney general in August after the federal grand jury issued subpoenas for state Department of Administration and Division of Highways records, were not returned Monday.

“We do not have any comment at this time,” Holley-Brown said Monday regarding the subpoenas.

Department of Justice investigators first issued subpoenas in August 2009, seeking records from the Division of Highway’s Right-of-Way Division.

West Virginia blogger Don Surber notes that the Gazette is running a front page banner headline today on this story, and also has some more thoughts on the story worth reading.

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