Mueller's Russian Federation probe has cost millions - DOJ

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President Donald Trump's lawyer Jay Sekulow denied Tuesday reports that special counsel Robert Mueller subpoenaed Deutsche Bank for records related to the president's financial transactions. Mueller reports to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who appointed him, although the rule gives a special counsel broad discretion to run the investigation without regularly consulting with the department or requesting its approval.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller departs after briefing the U.S. House Intelligence Committee on his investigation of potential collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., June 20, 2017.

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.

Some of the attorneys working on the probe were hired from law firms, but many were already on the government payroll and were detailed from their regular Justice Department jobs.

Equipment acquisitions marks the second-highest expense, coming in at more than $733,000, followed by costs for rent and utilities, travel and transportation, and contractual services.

For example, Patrick Fitzgerald was a special counsel who investigated a far narrower subject: a leak that exposed the identity of covert Central Intelligence Agency officer Valerie Plame.

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Mr Mueller is investigating claims of collusion between Mr Trump and Russian Federation.

Senator Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, issued a statement calling Mueller's spending "entirely reasonable".

He has announced criminal charges against four people so far, including Trump's former national security advisor, Michael Flynn, who pleaded guilty to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Mueller is investigating whether the Trump campaign helped Russian Federation in the Kremlin's efforts to interfere in the election to throw it to Trump.

Mueller's next expense report is due at the end of March.

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