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Joe Miller secretly recorded calls to borough attorney

Failed Alaska U.S. Senate candidate Joe Miller was scheduled to be deposed by Fairbanks North Star Borough attorneys about secretly recorded phone calls with a borough attorney and perhaps others when he agreed this week to a $5,000 settlement with the borough over alleged leaks from his personnel file, reports the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner. Miller didn't reveal the recordings until late in his case against the borough.

The assertion is contained as a footnote in a Motion to Compel Discovery filed with the court in April, which says that Miller was not forthcoming in releasing documents.

"Moreover, some of the discovery responses Miller has provided have been improperly withheld and only recently disclosed. For example, Miller just recently disclosed a series of secret tape recordings he made of communications between him and FNSB employees. These should have been disclosed months ago," attorneys for the borough said in a filing April 24.

Miller has been calling his lawsuit settlement with the borough a victory, while the borough contends it was merely a deal to end the case without a finding of liability. The $5,000 settlement amount was far below what Miller had previously sought. Miller will not now be deposed about the phone recordings.

News-Miner columnist Dermot Cole also reports that Miller has closed his Senate campaign committee and transferred its assets to a new "Citizens for Joe Miller Committee."

The question of what relationship, if any, exists between the campaign bank account and the payment of Miller's legal bills has been a source of contention in his lawsuit against the borough. On Thursday, the borough filed papers in court saying that "days before oral argument on the motion for summary judgment seeking dismissal of Miller's indemnification claim, Miller terminated his campaign committee and transferred the balance of all funds to a new committee."

Read more at the News-Miner: Joe Miller dodges revealing lawsuit details