Funds were spent on personnel, travel and office space, the Justice Department said. Mueller's probe, established on May 17, is mandated to continue the FBI investigation into the Russian government's alleged efforts to interfere with the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Travel outlays added up to $223,645, most of which was spent to temporarily relocate DOJ employees detailed to the SCO. He spent $26,592 in the probe's first phase, from the time he was appointed on December 30, 2003 to March 31, 2004, on personnel, travel, contracts and supplies, according to an audit from the Government Accountability Office.
Beyond the $3.2 million being spent directly by Mueller's team, an additional $3.5 million was spent by other entities in the DOJ that are involved in investigations supporting Mueller's probe.More news: Jets avoid another fourth-quarter collapse with 38-31 victory over Chiefs
Mueller is investigating alleged Russian attempts to influence the 2016 US presidential election and potential collusion by Trump aides.
So far, the probe has resulted in two indictments and two guilty pleas, none of which are in any way related to charges of "links and/or coordination" with Russian Federation. In October, the first indictments in his probe were unsealed in court against Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort and an aide, Rick Gates. The 12 charges include conspiracy to launder money, violations of the 1938 Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) as being an unregistered agent of a foreign principal, false and misleading FARA statements, and conspiracy against the United States.More news: Twitter Reacts As David De Gea & Manchester United Frustrate Arsenal In Thriller
Asked in July if Mueller would be crossing a "red line" should the investigation veer into examining his finances, Trump told The New York Times, "I would say yeah". The individuals were not named.
Between outright denials of alleged collusion, open criticism of the FBI's reputation and the recent confession of his former national security adviser, Trump only heightened suspicions around him, especially with regard to his relations with Russian businessmen.More news: Josh McDaniels gets an earful from Tom Brady on sideline