Special counsel details $3.2 million in spending on Russian Federation case

Special counsel details $3.2 million in spending on Russian Federation case

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.

It said investigators wanted information on certain money and credit transactions, and that key documents had already been handed over.

Mr Mueller issued a subpoena to the bank several weeks ago demanding data on transactions linked to the United States president, Reuters news agency and a German newspaper say.

He says he's confirmed "this with the bank and other sources". Manafort was working to secure his release from home confinement by posting more than $10 million in bond.

Special counsel Robert Mueller's office spent $3.2 million during the first few months of his investigation into Russian election interference and possible coordination with associates of President Donald Trump.

Although limited in detail, the spending report offers the first insight into the scope and scale of Mueller's investigation, which has resulted so far in criminal charges against four people who worked on Trump's presidential campaign.




In addition, the department said that its various offices have also spent another $3.5 million to help assist the probe, though those expenditures would have occurred "irrespective of the existence of the" special counsel's office. The report covers from May 17, the date of Mueller's appointment, through September 30, the end of the federal fiscal year.

Salaries and benefits during this period cost $1.7 million, including both SCO employees and DOJ employees detailed to the special counsel's office.

As special counsel Mr Mueller, who headed the Federal Bureau of Investigation for more than a decade, has the powers to subpoena records and bring criminal charges.

The special counsel's budget itself has not been made public.

The Mueller probe also spent $157,339 for a variety of contractual services - $111,245 for information technology, $24,456 for transcription and $17,217 for building services.

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