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The $6.7M Tab for Mueller's Russia Investigation Will Grow

06 December 2017, 04:29 | Erica Roy

Robert Mueller III. Credit Diego M. Radzinschi ALM

Robert Mueller III. Credit Diego M. Radzinschi ALM

"Special Counsel Mueller has spent $3.2 million on the first five months of his investigation, a figure that is entirely reasonable given the results we've already seen".

The Justice Department also spent another $3.5 million to support the investigation, though the special counsel's office said that money would have been spent anyway if Mueller had not been appointed. He said yes, but didn't offer details on what he would do if Mueller took that step.

The four-and-a-half year investigations headed by Starr and his successor, Robert Ray, cost more than $52 million in taxpayer funds as they probed Clinton and then-first lady Hillary Clinton.

The bulk of the spending - $1.7 million - has been on personnel salary and benefits, according to the report.

Other spending was listed at $733,969 for equipment, $223,643 in travel, $362,550 for rent communications and utilities, $157,339 for contractual services and $26,442 for supplies and materials.

Of that price tag, only about $3.2 million was spent directly by the special counsel's office.

In November, several Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives also introduced a resolution calling on Mueller to resign, saying he never disclosed to Congress the details of a bribery case involving the subsidiary of a Russian company that purchased U.S. uranium mines during his tenure as director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.


The special prosecutor's investigation of President Richard Nixon during the Watergate scandal cost about $16.5 million in inflation-adjusted dollars, according to data made available by The Nixon Library and Museum.

The Whitewater investigation, which lasted much longer, was more costly.

"This investigation is impairing the legitimate conduct of the legitimately elected President of the United States".

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

The bulk of the expenses - from the date of Mueller's appointment, May 17, through September 30. - went toward staff, with $1.7 million spent on salaries and benefits.

Mueller has to submit an expense report every six months.



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