Special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation, which is now more than 18 months old, has cost tax payers tens of millions of dollars, new expenditure filings reveal.
What are the details?
On Friday, the Department of Justice released financial documents showing Mueller's investigation has, so far, cost taxpayers more than $25 million. The investigation has been ongoing since May 2017, when Mueller was hired to take the reigns of the probe following James Comey's termination as FBI director.
The latest expenditure sheet, tabulating financial costs from April 1, 2018, through Sept. 30, 2018, showed that Mueller's team racked up nearly $8.5 million in costs over the six-month period. Of the total $8,473,533 reported, costs related to the Russia investigation were $3,906,000 while the remaining where expenditures within Mueller's office.
The breakdown of expenditures within Mueller's office from April to September is:
- Personnel compensation and benefits: $2,886,270
- Transportation: $580,089
- "Transportation of Things": $779
- Rent, Communications, and Utilities: $942,787
- Printing: $15,618
- Contractual Services: $310,732
- Supplies and Materials: $43,33
- "Acquisition of Equipment": $212,085
In total, the investigation has cost taxpayers a whopping $25,215,852. The investigation's expenditures between May 2017 to Sept. 2017 tallied $6,759,695 while those between Oct. 2017 and March 2018 were $9,982,624.