Mueller's Russian Federation probe cost $3.2M in first four months

Robert Mueller

Pictured: Robert Mueller in 2013. First, as Reuters reports, he's honing in on an entirely new area of investigation regarding the president*.

Deutsche Bank has repeatedly dismissed demands from Democratic lawmakers and leaders to offer transparency on the nature of its dealings and relationship with Trump.

Trump has done billions of dollars' worth of business with Deutsche Bank in the past 20 years; he has previously said that he would consider Mueller looking into his finances beyond any connection to the Russian Federation investigation "a violation". The bank has been behind several Trump projects, and Trump reportedly owes around $300 million to the bank... A string of bankruptcies at his hotel and casino businesses during the 1990s made most of Wall Street wary of extending him credit.

Mueller's investigation - which is looking into alleged Russian interference into last year's USA election and whether Trump's winning campaign assisted in those efforts - appears to be entering a new phase.

But two others associated with the Trump campaign have both pleaded guilty to charges stemming from lies they told the Federal Bureau of Investigation about their interactions with the Trump campaign. In particular, Trump hailed the news that one of Mueller's aides had been removed from his job over the summer for some anti-Trump text messages.

The person was not authorized to speak about it by name and spoke on condition of anonymity.

The quid is moving ever closer to the quo.

Tuesday's disclosures provide the first opportunity to measure the cost-effectiveness of Mr. Mueller's investigation, which has netted two guilty pleas and two indictments thus far.

The bulk of those expenditures are on personnel, with $1.2 million spent on DOJ employees reassigned to Mueller's team and about $500,000 on others brought in on the investigation.

At least four people have been charged with violating federal law by the special counsel's office, including former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn and former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort. 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. Another $220,000 helped the special counsel's office employees relocate to work with Mueller.

Expect to hear howls from inside the White House gates, and from the enablers infesting the cable green rooms as well.

But some with experience working on independent and special counsel investigations caution that it's hard to gauge whether the cost is reasonable or not because there are no similar comparisons to be made. "Get Flynn last Friday and then say what it cost taxpayers the next week".

There is no question that this line of attack will open up shortly, and even less doubt that the president* will be weighing in on the electric Twitter machine any moment now.

Some past independent counsel investigations have come under fire after their investigations racked up high bills.

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