In this Aug. 11 exchange, a spokesman for Gov. Mike Dunleavy, Jeff Turner, would not answer questions about whether Clarkson was under investigation, whether he was on paid or unpaid leave, whether he took the month-long leave voluntarily, and even whether he was still employed by the state of Alaska. The Department of Law, responded to a subsquent records request, eventually clarified that Clarkson was on leave without pay.