CHARLESTON, W.Va. – 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.
The state Aviation Division maintains flight logs for all state aircraft.
The division keeps records for each flight on the state’s King Air and Cessna Caravan airplanes, as well as for the state’s helicopters.
The flight logs list each flight’s destination or destinations, and all passengers on board.
The flight logs are public record.Manchin also leases space in the Aviation Division’s hanger at Yeager Airport for his personal Piper Saratoga airplane, at a rate of $115 a month.
Interesting. Just a few months ago governor Joe Manchin had the state owned aircraft tail numbers blocked… Interesting !