Mueller's Team Spent $3.2M On Russia Probe From May Through September

Mueller's Team Spent $3.2M On Russia Probe From May Through September

Mueller's Team Spent $3.2M On Russia Probe From May Through September

The report covers from May 17, the date of Mueller's appointment, through September 30, the end of the federal fiscal year.

Camera IconUS Special Counsel Robert Mueller is looking into the finances of the Trump family.

Mueller's investigation had expanded to examine a broad range of transactions involving the president's businesses, including dealings by his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, a person familiar with the probe told Bloomberg News after the publication of the Times interview.

Mueller was appointed in May to lead the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

Since then, special counsels have been governed by a Justice Department regulation. The special counsel has hired a small army of attorneys - 17 - to work the investigation.

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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.

Mueller's office says in the report that about $1.7 million was for salary and benefits, and more than $223,000 was spent on travel-related expenses. Those people include Mueller himself, Jeannie Rhee, James Quarles and Aaron Zebley, who left the law firm Wilmer Hale with Mueller in May, and Greg Andres, the prosecutor who left the law firm Davis Polk in August and is co-leading the case against former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort and his deputy Rick Gates. And that's not to mention the fact that Trump said on national television that he fired Comey to shut down the investigation, and told the same thing to the Russian ambassador and foreign minister. Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, pleaded guilty Friday to lying to Federal Bureau of Investigation agents, becoming the fourth associate of the president ensnared by Mueller's probe. If Mueller is getting deep into Trump's finances, we may well find out just what he's been working so hard to keep the public from finding out. Mueller also disclosed that he secured a guilty plea from George Papadopoulos, who was a junior foreign-policy adviser to the Trump campaign, for lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about contacts with Russian operatives.

This post has been updated with a statement from Sen.

"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".

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