Trump: Cost of ‘Russian hoax’ is ‘going up fast’
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President TrumpDonald TrumpWarren says Republican party 'eating itself and it is discovering that the meal is poisonous' More than 75 Asian, LGBTQ groups oppose anti-Asian crime bill McConnell says he's 'great admirer' of Liz Cheney but mum on her removal MORE took aim at the growing costs incurred by the special counsel investigation on Friday in a tweet, noting that the total expenditures for Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerWhy a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel CNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump MORE's team have topped $17 million in total so far.

The president also repeated his claim that the only "collusion" during the 2016 election was committed by Democrats.


"A.P. has just reported that the Russian Hoax Investigation has now cost our government over $17 million, and going up fast. No Collusion, except by the Democrats!" he tweeted, referring to The Associated Press.

The tweet comes after a Justice Department report earlier this week found that the Mueller investigation into Russia interference in the election incurred $4.5 million in expenses between October 2017 and March 2018, as the probe moves into its second year of existence.

That builds on the previously reported $6.7 million from the investigation's early months.

The Justice Department spent additional funds supporting the investigation, according to ABC News.

So far, Mueller's investigation has ensnared a number of former Trump campaign advisers, including former chairman Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortThere was Trump-Russia collusion — and Trump pardoned the colluder Treasury: Manafort associate passed 'sensitive' campaign data to Russian intelligence Hunter Biden blasts Trump in new book: 'A vile man with a vile mission' MORE, who is accused of tax fraud and money laundering, as well as former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who has pleaded guilty to lying to FBI agents.

Trump, meanwhile, has continued to cast doubt on the legitimacy of the investigation itself, which he believes was spurred by an unverified dossier of claims about the Trump campaign's ties to Russia created by a former British intelligence officer and paid for, in part, by lawyers for the Democratic National Committee.

Most recently, Trump has reacted to reports that the FBI used an informant to contact his campaign as proof that former President Obama ordered his team to be spied upon.