Mueller’s Probe Into Russia Collusion Totals $17 Million and Counting
Following an earlier FBI investigation, Robert Mueller was appointed in May for the sole purpose of leading an investigation into any connection between the Russian Government and any individual who was part of the President Donald Trump’s campaign and matters arising directly from the investigation.
Over this period, SCO has investigated the activities of individuals who were considered members of Trump’s closest circle and major members of his campaign team. As a result of certain findings, a 12-count indictment was slammed against Trump’s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort on unrelated charges bordering on tax and bank frauds he allegedly committed between 2005 and 2007 and also some charges for his failure to appropriately register the lobbying work he carried out for the Ukrainian government from 2006 to 2015. These charges were however questioned by a Federal Judge who was of the opinion that they were not within the scope of Mueller’s duties.
In addition, George Papadopoulos, the former campaign foreign policy adviser, has also pleaded guilty to lying to federal officials during the course of the investigation and Rock Gates, another key member of Trump’s campaign team had charges of conspiracy and money laundering brought against him. However, Trump has emphatically stated that there was no collusion with Russia and refers to Mueller’s investigations as a Witch Hunt.
Breakdown of DOJ’s latest release
A report recently released by the Justice Department clearly shows that Robert Mueller’s Russia probe since his formal appointment as the Special Counsel a few months ago has cost nearly $17 million from taxpayers’ money. The report which covers investigations spanning from October 2017 to the third month of this year reveals that the Special Counsel’s office (SCO) directly spent $4.5 million, while the Justice Department received over $5.5 million.
The report of investigations from 17th of May 2017 to the end of September 2017 records that SCO spent $3.2 million while DOJ spent $3.5 million. A cursory look at the latest report reveals that the larger percentage of the total sum spent by the SCO’s office, which is well over $2.7 million, was for personnel compensation and benefit. Similarly, the former report also reveals that the greater percentage of the $1.7 million of SCO’s $3.2 million budget during the investigation period was also spent on the same cause.
As seen in the recent report, $532,340 was spent on travel and transportation, the greater percentage of which covered the temporary relocation of Justice employees who moved to Washington and an additional $29, 694 was spent on supplies and materials.
Displeasure over the elongated probe
President Trump took to his twitter account sometime last month to table his grievances about the sum being expended on Mueller’s ‘Witch Hunt’. In his tweet, he expressed that the Witch Hunt was spearheaded by 13 angry and heavily conflicted Democrats and persons who were in the service of the former president for eight years. He further noted that their probe had yielded no result as they had not found a collusion or obstruction with Russia but have still refused to look at the corruption.
Senator Lee, a Republican also expressed his displeasure at the unending extension of the investigation period. According to him, there was no reason why the Russia Probe should continue for four years.
A couple of other conservatives have also openly spoken against Mueller’s investigation. Three Republican members of the House of Representatives brought up a measure highlighting that Mueller obviously had conflicts of interest which had the possibility of standing in the way of an effective investigation of Trump’s campaign activities. Ron DeSantis who is a representative of Florida also took steps to introduce a Government spending bill amendment in August which will have the effect of bringing Mueller’s investigation to an automatic close at the end of six months.
More in Financial Advisor
You won’t believe This guy’s Response to a Robber Who Tried to Steal His Bag!
The way people handle properties which they possess varies. Some could handle them with a great deal of care, while others...March 21, 2019
Student Bids An INSANE Amount of Money to Have Dinner and Champagne with Amal Clooney
Lady luck has smiled upon a first-year Columbian law student, who will have the coveted chance to wine and dine with barrister...March 20, 2019
This Is How Far You Should Be In Your Retirement Planning After Reaching 50
If your financial planner tells you that it’s completely normal to start planning for retirement just months before you’re scheduled to...March 20, 2019
PG&E Stocks Drop Amid Suspisions That It Started California’s Deadliest Fire
The Pacific Gas and Electric Company, abbreviated as PG&E, is currently in the crosshairs after reports of the company’s continued delays...March 20, 2019
These Small Car Insurance Mistakes Can Be Really Costly in the Long Run
Are you wondering why your car insurance premium keeps on increasing every time you renew your policy? The insurance experts say...March 20, 2019
A Look Inside Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi’s Most Lavish Homes
Ellen DeGeneres is a household name best known for her talk show The Ellen DeGeneres Show which was launched in September...March 20, 2019
SoftBank’s CEO Has Lost $70 Billion, But How Is He Still a Billionaire?
Masayoshi Son, SoftBank Group CEO, fondly referred to as “Masa” estimates that their subsidiary SoftBank Vision Fund has investments worth $70...March 20, 2019
Here’s Why Captain Marvel’s Success Is An Important Milestone in Cinematic World
The Marvel Cinematic Universe, otherwise known as the MCU, has reached heights never thought possible when it comes to displaying comic...March 20, 2019
How to Prepare for an Unexpected Early Retirement
One of the reasons why people work so hard is so that when they retire, they would have enough money to...March 20, 2019