Probe of missing Miller e-mails ends

Posted: Tuesday, February 01, 2011

JUNEAU — Former U.S. Senate candidate Joe Miller has turned about 30,000 e-mails over to Fairbanks North Star Borough, effectively ending his former employer’s investigation into e-mails that were gone from his inbox when he resigned in 2009.

BEN MARGOT / The Associated Press
BEN MARGOT / The Associated Press

Borough Attorney Rene Broker told The Associated Press on Monday that Miller indicated he’d given the borough the records he had. She said she has no reason to believe otherwise, and considers the matter closed.

Last fall, the borough demanded Miller provide any e-mails or any other documents he had in his possession relating to FNSB business.

Miller was an attorney for the borough for seven years, and the borough said his inbox was emptied when he resigned.

Records released by the borough indicate there was an investigation into the e-mails dating at least to October, when Miller was in the throes of a heated U.S. Senate campaign, a race he eventually lost to incumbent U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska.

One of Miller’s attorneys questioned the timing of the probe and said Miller had done nothing wrong.

Another Miller attorney, John Tiemessen, said Monday that Miller’s camp felt all along that this was a “make-work exercise.” Tiemessen said he couldn’t imagine the borough not having the information that Miller provided on a server.

He has said Miller wiped the e-mails from his harddrive only when he left.

Late last year, Broker said about 15,000 e-mails had been recovered through servers. At least some of those same e-mails were turned over by Miller, she said Monday, adding that she had not gone through all the records to try to match them up.

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