Pres. Trump's Finances Being Targeted In Russia Probe

Frederick Owens
December 8, 2017

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 federal government spent almost $7 million investigating Russian meddling in the presidential election between May and September, the Justice Department announced Tuesday.

The combined $6.7 million spent by Mueller's office and other offices supporting his investigation only covers the special counsel's investigation, not the various congressional investigations of Russia's meddling in the election.

The special counsel's budget includes some one-time costs, such as $734,000 for equipment that the Justice Department will keep once the investigation ends, the statement of expenditures said.

When the News4 I-Team asked Deputy U.S. Attorney General Rod Rosenstein if he was satisfied with the work thus far of the U.S. Office of the Special Counsel, Rosenstein said yes.

The budget overview notes that its funding comes from a "permanent, indefinite" appropriation for independent counsels to do their work, meaning if can not be touched by Congress. George Papadopoulos, a former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser, made a similar plea deal with Mueller's prosecutors in October.

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

"We don't talk about criminal investigations while they're ongoing, so what the American people will see is only if and when a case is charged", he said.

Although the expenditures that took place between mid-May and September 30 for the special counsel's operations are relatively low compared with what many had anticipated, they could provide additional fodder for Republicans who have been critical of Mueller's work.

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 USA political history".

So far, the probe has resulted in two indictments and two guilty pleas, none of which are in any way related to charges of "links and/or coordination" with Russian Federation.

Mueller incorporated several active investigations within the Justice Department including those of Trump campaign contacts with Russian Federation, former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort's business activities and former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

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