CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Federal investigators requested documents and information from West Virginia officials through a pair of subpoenas earlier this week, Gov. Joe Manchin's office revealed Friday.
Neither subpoena was directed at the governor, the office said in a statement, and no one there was served with an individual subpoena.
"The state has not been informed that Governor Manchin or any other state employee is under investigation," the statement said. "The governor has directed state officials to fully cooperate and comply expeditiously."
But neither that statement nor an earlier one from Manchin spokesman Melvin Smith said which officials have been contacted, what's been requested or why.
"They've asked state officials not to discuss any details of the request publicly at this time," Smith said. "State officials were informed that any disclosure could endanger or impede any investigation."
Federal prosecutors declined comment Friday. So did Larry Puccio, Manchin's former longtime chief of staff who left the governor's office earlier this year and now chairs the state's Democratic Party.
"As in the past, any time there are questions about investigations, I do not make any comment, whether it would be real or hypothetical," Puccio said Friday.
Manchin is nearly halfway through his second term as governor, and was previously secretary of state. The 62-year-old Democrat is also considered the front-runner in a special election for the U.S. Senate seat held by the late Robert C. Byrd. The primary is Aug. 28.
Both the state GOP and the National Republican Senatorial Committee seized on word of the federal investigation Friday.