Mueller issues subpoena to Deutsche Bank in Russian Federation probe

Alan Dershowitz: No 'Obstruction of Justice' if Trump Just Using His Authority

Papadopoulos pleaded guilty. Manafort and Gates pleaded not guilty.

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

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.

Kushner, who is son-in-law to Trump spoke with Mueller's team for less than 90 minutes, the report said.

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

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.

The budget overview notes that its funding comes from a "permanent, indefinite" appropriation for independent counsels to do their work, meaning if can not be touched by Congress.

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.

The first four and a half months of the probe comes with a price tag of more than $6.7 million, according to Fox News.

Mueller's investigators have, according to previous media reports, examined Russian purchases of Trump-owned apartments, the president's involvement with Russian associates in SoHo, and the president's 2008 sale of his Florida mansion to a Russian oligarch, Dmitry Rybolovlev.

Mueller is investigating alleged Russian attempts to influence the 2016 USA presidential election and potential collusion by Trump aides.

As Mueller's investigation unfolds, Trump has gone on the offensive.

His team has issued subpoenas for documents and testimony to a handful of figures, including some people close to Manafort, and others involved in the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting between Russians and campaign officials. Mueller also disclosed that he secured a guilty plea from George Papadopoulos, who was a junior foreign-policy adviser to the Trump campaign, for lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about contacts with Russian operatives.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a California Democrat and the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, called Mueller's spending "entirely reasonable given the results we've already seen".

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