Special Counsel Robert Mueller has been investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election since the beginning of President Donald Trump’s time in office — and his team racked up quite the bill.
Mueller and his team at the Department of Justice have been tearing apart every detail of the 2016 election in search of Russian meddling, specifically searching for collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin.
So far, they haven’t found the smoking gun tying President Trump to any illegal interactions with the Russians, though the investigation has resulted in charges for campaign finance violations.
The president has been highly critical of the investigation, calling it a “witch hunt.”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 13, 2018
Study the late Joseph McCarthy, because we are now in period with Mueller and his gang that make Joseph McCarthy look like a baby! Rigged Witch Hunt!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 19, 2018
Universities will someday study what highly conflicted (and NOT Senate approved) Bob Mueller and his gang of Democrat thugs have done to destroy people. Why is he protecting Crooked Hillary, Comey, McCabe, Lisa Page & her lover, Peter S, and all of his friends on the other side?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 15, 2018
In June, Trump criticized the expensive investigation. At the time, the total cost was around $17 million.
A.P. has just reported that the Russian Hoax Investigation has now cost our government over $17 million, and going up fast. No Collusion, except by the Democrats!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 1, 2018
Six months later, the cost has expanded to $25 million. Around half of the money — $12 million — has gone to pay for staff salaries and travel expenses since the investigation began.
In total, Mueller has indicted 33 people, 26 of whom are Russian nationals. Only six of the indicted individuals have pleaded guilty, including longtime Trump attorney Michael Cohen.
Although Mueller has gotten some significant guilty pleas, he hasn’t connected the president to Russia. Cohen will serve his three years for a campaign finance violation, not for any dealings with Russia.
Last week, the president tweeted that the cost of the investigation was $30 million, overshooting the actual cost, but sticking with his claims that the investigation was a waste of money because it hadn’t yielded any proof of collusion.
AFTER TWO YEARS AND MILLIONS OF PAGES OF DOCUMENTS (and a cost of over $30,000,000), NO COLLUSION!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 8, 2018
The president hasn’t commented on the new report of the $25 million dollar expense, but it’s unlikely that the five million dollar difference will change his outlook on the investigation.