Robert Mueller details $6.7M spent in early months of Russia probe

NEW Here's How Much the Special Counsel Has Cost So Far

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein told an interviewer he is satisfied with the work of special counsel Robert Mueller, whose investigation is being criticized by President Donald Trump as "the greatest Witch Hunt in US political history".

Mueller also splashed out $733,969 to acquire office equipment for the investigation, which the DOJ report explained will remain federal government property after the probe is finished.

While the expenses associated with the special counsel's team total $3.2 million, the report notes that an additional $3.5 million was spent during the course of the investigation on DOJ components that support the investigation. The special counsel has hired a small army of attorneys - 17 - to work the investigation.

In addition, the department said that its various offices have also spent another $3.5 million to help assist the probe, though those expenditures would have occurred "irrespective of the existence of the" special counsel's office.

Since the probe began in May, the special counsel has charged four people, two of whom have pleaded guilty.

The special counsel investigation run by Robert Mueller has cost taxpayers more in four months than what the investigation into the Benghazi terrorist attack cost in over two years.


Starr's investigation turned over documentation to the GOP-led House Judiciary Committee, which impeached Bill Clinton in December 1998 on single charges of perjury and obstruction of justice related to his affair with intern Monica Lewinsky.

Though Mueller's investigation is not yet a year old, his team of prosecutors have made significant moves. Mueller's probe, established on May 17, is mandated to continue the FBI investigation into the Russian government's alleged efforts to interfere with the 2016 United States presidential election.

Mueller filed charges against Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort and his business partner Rick Gates on October 30.

In addition, Manafort and his longtime business associate, Rick Gates, are now facing several felony charges brought by the special counsel's office.

Last week, Flynn pleaded guilty to a felony charge of lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and agreed to cooperate with Mueller's investigators. That represents new money coming from an indefinite appropriation for independent counsels, which the Justice Department determined could be used to fund Mueller's work.

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

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