Trump budget funds Mueller probe through fiscal 2019
President Trump’s budget request provides funding for special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation for fiscal 2019, a potential sign that the probe won’t be ending soon.
Politico reported that the budget released Monday anticipates Mueller’s team will continue its current rate of spending, about $10 million per year.
The White House has said in the past it expects the special counsel’s investigation to be finished quickly.
But White House attorney Ty Cobb told Politico that Trump’s team is “not looking for these guys to close up shop.”
“But we are interested in trying to get the president’s piece of this resolved,” he said.
A spending report released in December — which included spending from the time Mueller was appointed in May of 2017 through September — showed $3.2 million of direct spending. Another $3.5 million was spent on personnel assigned to Mueller’s team, according to Politico.
Mueller is investigating Russian election interference and potential ties between the Trump campaign and Russia.
Trump has repeatedly denied collusion and has referred to the Russia probe as a “witch hunt.”