In a letter obtained by the Alaska Landmine, Representatives Zack Fields (D – Anchorage) and Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins (D – Sitka), who Co-Chair the House State Affairs Committee, asked Governor Mike Dunleavy (R – Alaska) about allegations concerning Tuckerman Babcock ordering the destruction of a report on Amanda Price. This Landmine article explains that:
Here is a copy of the letter Fields and Kreiss-Tomkins sent Dunleavy:
The letter includes five questions:
1. When and why did Ms. Demboski prepare a report on Ms. Price?
2. Did Mr. Babcock, Ms. Demboski, or any other member of your staff destroy some or all copies of the reports on Ms. Price? Did Mr. Babcock direct destruction of those reports?
3. Do any copies, digital or hard copy, of the report on Ms. Price still exist?
4. When Mr. Babcock, Attorney General Kevin Clarkson, and Ms. Demboski discussed destruction of the report in a meeting with you, did you provide any direction regarding compliance with the Alaska Public Records Act or destruction of the report?
5. Given the reported collaboration between Mr. Babcock and Mr. Clarkson to conceal this report, do you intend to appoint a special counsel to examine this issue without bias?
They also request a copy of the report. I submitted a public records request for the report on July 24. By law, they have ten business days to respond with the requested information, ask for an extension, or explain why the requested information is not public. Today marks ten business days. The Governor’s Office has exercised the 10-day extension, but has indicated they intend to fulfill the request.
Representative Matt Claman (D – Anchorage), who chairs the House Judiciary Committee, sent a letter to Attorney General Kevin Clarkson on July 19 asking similar questions. This Landmine article includes that letter:
Both letters ask about appointing a special counsel to investigate the allegations. The question is will that happen. Governor Dunleavy has yet to publicly comment on the matter.
Attorney General Kevin Clarkson has responded to the letter from Fields and Kreiss-Tomkins. His response can be seen below. In his response, Clarkson says no unique records were destroyed. He also says the Governor’s Office still has possession of the records and the Department of Law has duplicate records. Clarkson also acknowledges the matter was brought to his attention back in April, as well as the steps he took.