WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Particular Counsel Robert Mueller’s staff investigating suspected Russian interference within the 2016 U.S. election spent $Four.5 million between October final 12 months and March 2018, the Division of Justice mentioned on Thursday.
As well as, different Justice Division “parts” spent $5.476 million on actions supporting the investigation, the division mentioned in a printed report. Mueller’s workplace can be wanting into attainable hyperlinks between President Donald Trump’s election marketing campaign and Russia.
Even with the extra prices, the official determine is considerably lower than what Trump has mentioned the Mueller inquiry is costing taxpayers.
In a Twitter publish earlier this month, Trump referred to as the Mueller investigation a “$20,000,000 Witch Hunt”. 5 days earlier, he estimated the price of the probe at $10 million.
The biggest direct expenditure by Mueller’s workplace for the interval Oct. 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018 was $2.738 million in salaries and advantages for its workers, the Justice Division report mentioned.
Mueller’s workplace spent $886,000 on hire, communications and utilities and $264,000 on “contractual providers,” most of which concerned data expertise, in response to the report.
Final 12 months, Mueller’s workplace reported that in its first months from Could 17 to Sept. 30, 2017, it spent a complete of $three.2 million. Not counting extra spending by the Justice Division, Mueller and his staff have spent a complete of $7.7 million since his appointment simply over a 12 months in the past.
The final time a particular counsel was investigating a White Home occupant, President Invoice Clinton between August 1994 and February 1999, then counsel Kenneth Starr’s workplace spent $52 million within the Four-1/2 years.
Reporting by Mark Hosenball; Modifying by Mohammad Zargham and Grant McCool