Mueller subpoenas Deutsche Bank over loans to Trump

Philip Toscano  PA Wire

Philip Toscano PA Wire

Special Counsel Robert Mueller has spent more than $3.2 million in the opening months of his federal criminal investigation into Russian interference in last year's us election and whether President Donald Trump or anyone close to him colluded in it.

The $3.2 million spent only covers Mueller's probe, not the various congressional investigations of Russia's meddling in the election.

Mueller's office says in the report that about $1.7 million was for salary and benefits, and more than $223,000 was spent on travel-related expenses.

Beyond the $3.2 million being spent directly by Mueller's team, an additional $3.5 million was spent by other entities in the DOJ that are involved in investigations supporting Mueller's probe.

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.

In November, several Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives also introduced a resolution calling on Mueller to resign, saying he never disclosed to Congress the details of a bribery case involving the subsidiary of a Russian company that purchased U.S. uranium mines during his tenure as director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The heat on the investigation of President Trump's finances has just been cranked up even further.

"This investigation is impairing the legitimate conduct of the legitimately elected President of the United States".

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a California Democrat and the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, called Mueller's spending "entirely reasonable given the results we've already seen".

Mr Mueller is investigating claims of collusion between Trump's aides and Russian officials while also probing Moscow's influence in the U.S. presidential election which brought Trump, the billionaire businessman into power.

On Friday, Mueller revealed a guilty plea by Michael Flynn, Trump's former national security adviser, who admitted lying to Federal Bureau of Investigation agents.

Mueller's next expense report is due at the end of March.

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