Mueller investigation cost $6.7 million within first five months

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The costs cover a five-month period from May 17, when the Department of Justice appointed Robert Mueller as special counsel for the Russian Federation investigation, to September 30, the end of the fiscal year, CNN reports.

Mr. Mueller is investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 election, including flows of cash tied to Russia and people in Mr. Trump's orbit, in a deepening probe that has led to charges against former advisers to Mr. Trump.

Mueller's probe also caused other Justice Department components to spend about $3.5 million on work attributable to the special counsel probe, according to the report.

The federal government spent almost $7 million investigating Russian meddling in the presidential election between May and September, the Justice Department announced Tuesday.

Mueller combined several investigations within Justice, including those of Trump campaign contacts with Russian Federation, ex-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort's business dealings and disgraced former national security adviser Mike Flynn.

The spending was summarized in a report released Tuesday, the first of what Mueller's office said will be twice-a-year updates.

The four-and-a-half year investigations headed by Starr and his successor, Robert Ray, cost more than $52 million in taxpayer funds as they probed Clinton and then-first lady Hillary Clinton.

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A 2000 General Accounting Office report that detailed those figures said that $36 million came from congressional appropriations and $16 million from other federal agency costs.

That analysis also found that Mueller's investigation is accelerating more rapidly than previous inquiries.

In addition, Manafort and his longtime business associate, Rick Gates, are now facing several felony charges brought by the special counsel's office.

So far, Mueller has charged Flynn, Manafort, Gates and former campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos.

A release from the Special Counsel's Office says that new expenditure reports will be released every six months, with the next one coming on March 30, 2018.

Read Wednesday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.

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