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Robert Mueller’s probe costs taxpayers $22M

December 14, 2018

Special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe has cost taxpayers nearly $22 million, according to a Justice Department report Friday.

Of that total, nearly $4.6 million was shelled out in the six-month period between April 1 and October 31. That’s a slight uptick from the $4.5 million the Mueller probe cost between October 1, 2017 and March 31, 2018.

The figures were part of the Justice Department’s six-month expense tally that details the special counsel’s spending. Another six month total from November 1, 2018 through March 31, 2019 will be released next year.

So far, Mueller’s team has spent nearly $12 million in things like staff salaries recent and travel.

The latest reportshows that expenses remained roughly the same in the past six months.

During the past six months, about $2.9 million was spent on salaries and benefits for Mueller and his team, compared to $2.7 million during the prior six-month period. Travel costs ran about $580,000 up slightly from $532,000, according to the previous report.

Mr. Mueller’s team has indicted 33 people and three companies, including five former Trump advisers and 26 Russian nationals. Among the eight individuals who are not among the indicted Russian nationals, six have pleaded guilty.

Another, former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, was convicted for financial crimes before he committed before he linked up with the future president. He later pleaded guilty in two separate charges in Washington, D.C.

Perhaps Mr. Mueller’s biggest catch was getting longtime Trump fixer Michael Cohen to plead guilty to lying to Congress. He is now cooperating with the Mueller probe and has said he committed a campaign finance violation at the direction of Mr. Trump. The president has denied the allegation.

However, none of the charges have provided any evidence the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to win the 2016 election.

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