The $6.7M Tab for Mueller's Russia Investigation Will Grow


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 issued a subpoena to Germany's largest lender several weeks ago, forcing the bank to submit documents on its relationship with Trump and his family, according to a person briefed on the matter, who asked not to be identified because the action has not been announced.

Mueller's office says in the report that about $1.7 million was for salary and benefits. "The expenditures for this period totaled $3,546,000, which approximates expenditures the components would have incurred for the investigations irrespective of the existence of the SCO".

The expenses are those incurred between the May 17 appointment of Robert Mueller as special counsel and September 30. The majority of the travel costs stemmed from the relocation of Justice Department employees temporarily assigned to the expanding investigation.

In January, Deutsche Bank agreed to pay US$630 million in fines for organising US$10 billion in sham trades that could have been used to launder money out of Russian Federation.

The spending, compiled by Mueller's office, was released by the Justice Department on Tuesday and covers the period from May 17 through September 30.

The spending was summarized in a report released Tuesday, the first of what Mueller's office said will be twice-a-year updates. He said that they have confirmed it with the bank itself and "other sources". Starr's predecessor, Robert Fiske, spent an additional $6 million investigating the Clintons' involvement in the Whitewater real estate deal, according to a May 1999 GAO report.

He can also prosecute anyone who interferes in his investigation through crimes including perjury, obstruction of justice, destruction of evidence and intimidation of witnesses.

So far, the special counsel has charged four people as part of the investigation including Manafort and Flynn. Both men admitted to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about their contacts with Russians related to their work for Trump. Two have pleaded guilty. Those charges involve allegations of money laundering and other financial crimes related to their political consulting work in Ukraine.

It noted the Justice Department has floated numerous reasons for ignoring the House subpoenas.