The special counsel's budget itself has not been made public.
As is to be expected when he feels fussed, the President may react badly to this news, especially after having previously warned that, "if Mueller examined his family's finances beyond any relationship with Russian Federation he'd consider it "a violation", as Bloomberg recalls.
The expenses are from the date of Mueller's appointment, May 17, through September 30, the end of the federal government's fiscal year. The $6.7 million in expenses includes $3.2 million attributable directly to the prosecutors and staff working for Mueller, and another $3.5 million from U.S. Justice Department components that have supported the special counsel. Travel outlays added up to $223,645, most of which was spent to temporarily relocate DOJ employees detailed to the SCO.
Another $733,969 was spent on equipment, but the report does not provide details. The bank has settled U.S. and United Kingdom investigations into how it helped Russian clients move money out of the country, but a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice is still outstanding. Another report will be filed in six months. However, last month, CNN reported that since Trump came to office, the Justice Department investigation into the Russian money-laundering scandal had gone dormant.
But until Mueller opts to bring his investigation into the public eye, we're unlikely to know for sure whether he's chose to cast his net so broadly. Former independent counsel Kenneth Starr spent more than $52 million investigating President Bill Clinton, and the five independent counsels appointed to investigate various Clinton-related matters during the 1990s spent more than $100 million.
He can also prosecute anyone who interferes in his investigation through crimes including perjury, obstruction of justice, destruction of evidence and intimidation of witnesses.
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HABERMAN: Would you fire Mueller if he went outside of certain parameters of what his charge is?
Last week, Flynn pleaded guilty to a felony charge of lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and agreed to cooperate with Mueller's investigators.
Robert Mueller is following the money.
Manafort was charged, along with his longtime business partner Rick Gates, for work on behalf of Ukraine unrelated to the campaign.
Still, as names of Trump family members start turning up in bombshell reports-and as conservative media outlets begin using their platforms to tacitly (or openly) argue that Mueller's ouster would be justified-the temptation may prove too overwhelming for the president.