Mueller Spent More Than $3.2 Million Through September on Russia Probe

Mueller Spent More Than $3.2 Million Through September on Russia Probe

The special counsel investigation into possible coordination between President Donald Trump's campaign and Russian Federation during the 2016 presidential election has cost more than $6.7 million so far, according to a financial report released Tuesday.

According to the report: $500,696 was for special counsel employees, and $1.2 million was for reimbursable Justice Department employees who are on detail at the Mueller team.

The $3.2 million spent only covers Mueller's probe, not the various congressional investigations of Russia's meddling in the election.

That figure "approximates expenditures the components would have incurred for the investigations irrespective of the existence of the SCO", the report states.

The greatest expense was for the temporary reassignment of Justice Department employees, the report said, which totaled $1.2 million in the period.

The office also spent almost $734,000 on equipment and about $363,000 on rent, communications and utilities.

For example, Patrick Fitzgerald was a special counsel who investigated a far narrower subject: a leak that exposed the identity of covert Central Intelligence Agency officer Valerie Plame.

The expenses are those incurred between the May 17 appointment of Robert Mueller as special counsel and September 30.

That money has helped fund 17 attorneys working on the probe, as well as Federal Bureau of Investigation agents, support staff, travel, rent, acquisitions of equipment and other expenses.

"The cost of the Mueller investigation is far more than dollars and cents", he told Reuters in an interview.

In addition, Manafort and his longtime business associate, Rick Gates, are now facing several felony charges brought by the special counsel's office. Starr's predecessor, Robert Fiske, spent an additional $6 million investigating the Clintons' involvement in the Whitewater real estate deal, according to a May 1999 GAO report. Papadopoulos and Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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

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