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Mueller's Team Spent $3.2M On Russia Probe From May Through September

Mueller's Team Spent $3.2M On Russia Probe From May Through September

Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his investigators subpoenaed Deutsche Bank for documents related to business with President Trump and members of his family.

In June, Deutsche Bank already rejected demands by US House Democrats to provide details of Trump's finances, saying sharing client data would be illegal unless it received a formal request to do so.

Mr Mueller issued a subpoena to the bank several weeks ago demanding data on transactions linked to the USA president, Reuters news agency and a German newspaper say. Manafort was working to secure his release from home confinement by posting more than $10 million in bond.

Despite previous denials due to privacy issues, Deutsche Bank - which has made loans to the Trump Organization for millions of dollars - finally delivered the required information to the investigation, something that implies that the special lawyer has come to the heart of the matter.

The combined $6.7 million spent by Mueller's office and other offices supporting his investigation only covers the special counsel's investigation, not the various congressional investigations of Russia's meddling in the election.




Special counsel Robert Mueller's "Russiagate" probe cost USA taxpayers $3.2 million in the first six months, mostly on salaries and benefits.

The bulk of the spending - $1.7 million - has been on personnel salary and benefits, according to the report.

The special counsel's office spent $3,213,695, according to the report, and it also disclosed spending by Justice Department "components that support" the special counsel's office. Travel outlays added up to $223,645, most of which was spent to temporarily relocate DOJ employees detailed to the SCO.

For example, Patrick Fitzgerald was a special counsel who investigated a far narrower subject: a leak that exposed the identity of covert Central Intelligence Agency officer Valerie Plame. Despite the worldwide focus of Mueller's probe, only about $2,800 was spent on actual travel costs.


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