Another day, another taxpayer dollar which goes to fund Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. Or, more accurately: another month, another million dollars which are being footed by taxpayers.
A recently-released Justice Department report revealed the investigation—which has been ongoing since May of 2017—has cost taxpayers a steep $25 million. This is more than a million dollars per month.
According to the report, Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation cost taxpayers $4.5 million between April 2018 and September 2018.
The Washington Examiner reports the investigation’s total cost during that period would be nearly $8.5 million if the cost of the Special Counsel team ($4.5 million) was added to “Justice Department components supporting Mueller’s investigation” (another $3.9 million). These Justice Department officials help the investigation but do not work directly under Mueller and their cost would be paid regardless of the Mueller investigation as they would still be employed by the Justice Department and would be working on other investigations.
As the Daily Caller reports, most of the $4.5 million which went to Mueller and his staff were paid directly to their pocketbooks as a salary—more than $2.8 million.
Check it out, via the Justice Department:
“The cost of the Justice Department’s ongoing investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election is now roughly $25 million, according to a new report filed Friday by the special counsel’s office,” CNN reported.
Friday’s accounting provided the latest figures covering only the period for April 2018 through September 2018, with special counsel Robert Mueller listing direct expenditures of nearly $4.6 million.
Another roughly $3.9 million was reported as costs for the work of other Justice and FBI officials who have assisted the investigation but are not under Mueller’s direct control. According to the report, those investigation costs would have been incurred “irrespective of the existence of the (special counsel’s office).”
The department previously reported $6.7 million in direct and indirect costs from May through September 2017, and $10 million from October 2017 through March 2018 — bringing the total from all three reports over the life of the investigation to just over $25 million. Of that amount, only $12.3 million is the special counsel’s direct expenditures.
The Daily Caller added:
Mueller’s investigation has so far proven no hard evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia but has implicated various campaign aides in unrelated crimes. Trump campaign staff Michael Flynn, Paul Manafort, Rick Gates and George Papadopoulos have all been targeted by the broad scope investigation.
President Donald Trump has regularly called the investigation a “witch hunt” and complained of its expense.
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