Mueller details $3M spent on early months of Russian Federation probe

Wall Street Journal Editorial Board Goes To Bat Against FBI And Robert Mueller For Trump

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

US Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office has spent about $3.2 million so far as part of its ongoing probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, the Justice Department revealed Tuesday in a report.

Rosenstein is overseeing the probe because Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who was a Trump campaign surrogate, recused himself in March. Mr. Mueller and five of his attorneys were hired from outside the government while the remainder are on detail to the team from the Justice Department.

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The other development is that the first cost readout on the Mueller investigation was released, and, yes, it looks like he's spending a lot of money. The agent had also worked on the investigation of Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server.

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.

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The single biggest cost was $1.7 million for salaries and benefits, including $500,000 for special counsel employees and $1.2 million for Department of Justice staff working under Mueller.

"Every dollar spent on a special counsel operation that is compromised, out of control and unconstitutional is a wasted dollar", said Tom Fitton, president of the conservative government watchdog group Judicial Watch.

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 has issued indictments or received guilty pleas from four former Trump campaign associates.

Mueller's investigation appears to have begun to enter a new lead, following previous adviser of national security, Michael Flynn, pleading guilty to knowingly lying to the FBI under questioning.

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Lawrence Walsh, the prosecutor who investigated Reagan officials in the Iran-contra affair, spent $47.4 million during his eight-year investigation.

"They must be having one hell of a Christmas party", Rep. Matt Gaetz told Newsweek.

This isn't the first time the Journal's editorial board has called for Mueller to resign.

Mueller, a former Federal Bureau of Investigation director, appears to be moving at a faster pace than previous investigators. "That was the reason for his firing", she said. The office said those expenses would have been incurred "irrespective of the existence of the SCO". Only around $3,000 was spent on direct travel expenses.

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