Robert Mueller's Team Has Already Spent Millions on the Russia Investigation

by Abel Hampton December 9, 2017, 6:05
Robert Mueller's Team Has Already Spent Millions on the Russia Investigation

The special counsel's investigation has focused on potential collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation, as well as obstruction of justice by President Donald Trump, who might have tried to impede the investigation.

The details of the expenditures related to Mueller's investigation were laid out in a report released publicly by the special counsel's office.

The price tag is likely to rile Republicans who have been critical of Mueller's team and wary of a long and costly investigation, though independent counsels have in the past spent tens of millions of dollars on lengthy probes.

Another $3.5 million has separately been spent by law enforcement personnel working on the investigation but who do not directly report to Mueller, DOJ said.

A lawsuit filed by watchdog organization Judicial Watch would force the FBI to release the disparaging messages about President Donald Trump that a top FBI agent on the Russian Federation investigation exchanged with an FBI lawyer on the same investigation.

He said his team is accountable for the work of Mueller and the special counsel team.

The special counsel's office declined to comment on Rosenstein's remarks. The majority of the travel costs stemmed from the relocation of Justice Department employees temporarily assigned to the expanding investigation.

Mueller was appointed special counsel in May, after President Trump fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director James B. Comey.

"The Office of Special Counsel, as you know, has a degree of autonomy from the Department of Justice".

An investigation into President Bill Clinton by independent counsel Kenneth Starr cost about $40 million from January 24, 1994 to September 30, 1998, according to the GAO.

The messages, which reportedly were exchanged during the presidential campaign, "should be responsive" to a lawsuit that Judicial Watch filed with the Department of Justice in October 2016, Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton told The Daily Caller.

Rosenstein will appear before the panel on December 13, Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob GoodlatteRobert (Bob) William GoodlatteConservative pressure on Sessions grows Clock ticking down on NSA surveillance powers Congress must prevent government from spying on political opponents MORE (R-Va.) announced Wednesday.

Authors Noah Bookbinder, Norman Eisen, and Caroline Fredrickson explain that Deputy Attorney Rod Rosenstein, not President Trump, is the one who has authority to fire Mueller.

So far, Mueller has charged Flynn, Manafort, Gates and former campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos. Both men admitted to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about their contacts with Russians related to their work for Trump.

In a statement, the special counsel's office said it will release a similar expenditure report after March 31, 2018.

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