BISMARCK, N.D. — The North Dakota attorney general’s office says it won’t conduct a special investigation for the chancellor of the North Dakota University System.

Chancellor Mark Hagerott asked the state on Monday to investigate what he calls attempts by people to manipulate his office into influencing the 2016 primary election for governor.

Chief Deputy Attorney General Troy Seibel wrote to Hagerott late Monday to decline the request, saying it was outside the scope of the office’s role.

Hagerott told KFGO radio earlier this week that he received multiple phone calls to disavow or fire former Gov. Ed Schafer after Schafer endorsed Doug Burgum over state Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem. Schafer was interim president of the University of North Dakota.

Burgum easily won the primary and the general election.