Special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election and possible collusion with President Trump’s associates has cost taxpayers at least $3.2 million so far, according to Justice Department records released Tuesday.
The expenditures are the first public accounting of the costs associated with Mueller’s far-reaching investigation, which has so far resulted in charges against four former aides to Trump’s campaign.
Last week, Mueller announced charges against Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn, the only aide charged who also served in his presidential administration. In exchange for pleading guilty to lying to the FBI about his contacts with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak, Flynn has agreed to cooperate with Mueller’s team in the continuing investigation.
They also reported that the first few months of his Russia investigation cost taxpayers a total of nearly $7 million.
The sum includes $3.2 million in direct investigation expenses covering things like pay, supplies and rent; $1.7 million was for salary and benefits.
Then there are the $3.5 in “indirect expenses,” covering expenses like agents working on raids or interviews and other government contractors. The office said those expenses would have been incurred “irrespective of the existence of the SCO.“
The report covers the period from May 17, the date of Mueller’s appointment, through Sept. 30, the end of the federal fiscal year.
According to the Justice Department, the budget was approved by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
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