President Trump announced Tuesday evening that he has “totally licensed the complete Declassification of any & all paperwork” associated to the Russia investigation led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller and the investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of a personal email server surrounding a 2012 assault that occurred in Benghazi that took the lives of 4 Americans.
According to biannual reviews launched by the particular counsel’s workplace, Mueller and his staff spent $12.3 million in direct spending between his appointment on May 17, 2017 and Sept. 30, 2018. The workplace additionally mentioned it incurred $12.9 million in “oblique” Justice Department spending, a class it described as “neither legally required” for disclosure, nor reported in filings by earlier particular counsels.
Mueller’s workplace mentioned the oblique bills did not quantity to extra taxpayer expenditures since these assets would have been dedicated to different instances, corresponding to personnel at the FBI, if there had been no particular counsel investigation.
In complete, the investigation up till Sept. 30 2018 amounted to roughly $25.2 million. On common, the workplace spent roughly $8.4 million per every six-month interval.
However, the report for October 1, 2018 to May 31, 2019 reveals the last eight months of the probe cost about $6.56 million in extra taxpayer funds, placing the last tally at practically $32 million. About $4.12 million of that was spent via the particular counsel’s workplace instantly, and $2.44 million got here from DOJ elements that supported Mueller’s workplace.
In comparability, the two and a half-year Benghazi investigation led by the House Select Committee on Benghazi spent greater than $7 million in complete, in keeping with monetary paperwork on the Committee on House Administrations website.
Fox Business’ Megan Henney contributed to this report