Ever since Robert Mueller took the wheel on the Trump-Russia case, taxpayers lost more than $3.2 million.
The report refers to Mueller’s expenditures and “financial activity” from May 17 through Sept. 30., not including October and November costs.
It is appalling to think that more than $1.7 million was spent on “Personnel Compensation and Benefits.” Other $1.2 million of the sum was used to pay for employees previously employed by the DOJ but transferred over to Mueller’s side as soon as the investigation commenced.
“Acquisition of Equipment” cost $733,969, which is the second biggest amount spent on the probe. “Rent, Communications, and Utilities” amounted to $362,550, while “Travel and Transportation of Persons” cost $223,643.
Mind this, Mueller also spent staggering $157,339 on “Contractual Services.”
As per the DOJ, around $3.5 million was spent on “expenditures attributable to the investigations” that should have helped Mueller conduct his investigation more appropriately.
In May, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed Mueller to lead the investigation, after President Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey.
As far as progress is concerned, Mueller filed charges against a total of four Trump administration employees.
In October, former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his deputy, Rick Gates, underwent indictment on a total of twelve charges, such as “conspiracy against the United States,” “conspiracy to launder money” and “false statements.”
Another political figure who faced indictment was Trump’s former campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos, who pleaded guilty to misinforming the FBI regarding communication he had with officials which were part of the Russian government.
The most recent one in the series of politicians pleading guilty was former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn who Said Friday he has been deceptive with the FBI.
Flynn stated he “willfully and knowingly” made “false, fictitious and fraudulent statements” about his communication links in Russia, especially the one with then-Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak.
President Trump was vocal enough to dismiss all allegations about a potential Russian involvement in the case, commenting Mueller’s investigation is nothing short of a “witch hunt.”
A must watch: Legal Scholar Alan Dershowitz was just on @foxandfriends talking of what is going on with respect to the greatest Witch Hunt in U.S. political history. Enjoy!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 4, 2017
Trump still remains puzzled regarding the DOJ’s decision not to investigate Hillary Clinton sho served as a Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at the time, and “lied many times to the FBI.”
“She lied many times,” Trump said. “Nothing happened to her. Flynn lied, and it’s like they ruined his life. It’s very unfair.”