The special counsel investigation into the 2016 election has cost taxpayers over $25 million and counting.
The Washington Free Beacon reports
Robert Mueller’s office released its latest expenditures spanning from April 1, 2018, through Sept. 30, 2018, finding the special counsel racked up over $8.4 million in five months.
The statement of expenditures reveals Mueller and his team of lawyers cost over $4.5 million for salaries and rent, and an additional $3.9 million in resources from the Department of Justice.
Personnel compensation and benefits cost taxpayers $2,886,270, including $1 million for special counsel office employees, and $1.9 million for Department of Justice employees who have been detailed to the investigation.
Between April and September, Mueller spent $580,098 on travel and transportation; $779 on “transportation of things”; $942,787 on rent and utilities; $15,618 on printing; $310,732 on contractual services; and $43,334 on supplies.
Expenditures reported by the Department of Justice that were attributable to the Russia investigation totaled $3,906,000. The total cost during the five-month period was $8,473,533.
President Trump has complained about the cost of the investigation to taxpayers before, decrying the probe as a “Witch Hunt, composed of 13 Angry and Heavily Conflicted Democrats.”
The investigation has now cost taxpayers $25,215,852.
Mueller and his team previously reported spending $6,759,695 from May 2017 to September 2017, and $9,982,624 from October 2017 through March 2018.