(The Gazette had reported some time ago that the Justice Department had made inquires regarding business interests of former Manchin chief of staff Larry Puccio.)
The FOIA requests reportedly also seek copies of all of Manchin's daily schedules for his 5 1/2 years as governor, a complete list of employees, all travel and expense records, all furniture orders, and all information regarding state vehicles used by the governor's office.
The NRSC is also requesting a list of Manchin family members who are employed by the state, copies of all e-mails Manchin has sent from his Capitol office as governor, and all budget requests submitted to the Legislature.
Manchin said last week it is "highly likely" he will be a candidate in a special election for the remaining 2 1/2 years in Byrd's unexpired Senate term.
On Monday, Manchin said he will announce his plans "as quickly as possible" -- following completion of a special legislative session this week to clarify the state's senatorial succession law, and following his selection of a temporary appointee to the office.
Manchin announced Tuesday that he plans to make that Senate appointment by the end of the workday on Friday.
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