Deutsche Bank receives subpoena from Mueller on Trump accounts
06 December, 2017, 00:54 | Author: Irene Delgado
Special Counsel Robert Mueller has spent more than $3.2 million in the opening months of his federal criminal investigation into Russian interference in last year's USA election and whether President Donald Trump or anyone close to him colluded in it. The Department of Justice spent another $3.5 million to support the investigation.
It's hard to make comparisons to other investigations led by specially designated prosecutors or to draw conclusions about how much Mueller will ultimately spend.
The bulk of the spending - $1.7 million - has been on personnel salary and benefits, according to the report.
According to several previous reports, Mueller's team has been investigating the president's involvement with Moscow associates in a project in SoHo (New York) and the sale of his Florida mansion in 2008 to a Russian oligarch, Dmitry Rybolovlev.
Some of the attorneys working on the probe were hired from law firms, while others were already on the government payroll and were detailed from their regular Justice Department jobs.
Another $733,969 was spent on equipment, but the report does not provide details.
The special counsel's overall budget has not been made public.
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Mueller was appointed in May after Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, who had been leading the investigation.
"This investigation is impairing the legitimate conduct of the legitimately elected President of the United States".
On December 1, Mueller reached a plea agreement with former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who pleaded guilty to giving misleading the Federal Bureau of Investigation about his contacts with then Russian Ambassador to the US, Sergey Kislyak.
Senator Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, issued a statement calling Mueller's spending "entirely reasonable".
Mr Mueller is investigating claims of collusion between Trump's aides and Russian officials while also probing Moscow's influence in the United States presidential election which brought Trump, the billionaire businessman into power.
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