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Mueller probe has cost more than $25M so far

Special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel MORE’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election has cost the Department of Justice (DOJ) more than $25 million, according to new and previous expenditure reports.

The special counsel’s office said in a new filing Friday that the expenses for Mueller’s team over the six-month period from April 1 to Sept. 30 added up to $4.5 million.

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The bulk of those costs came from personnel compensation and benefits, which totaled about $2.9 million. Another $580,000 was spent on travel and transportation, and $942,787 was spent on rent, communications and utilities.

The DOJ, which supports the special counsel’s office, also accrued $3.9 million in costs related to the probe, which Mueller’s team noted it is not legally required to report.

The investigation into Moscow’s election interference and any possible collusion with the Trump campaign has led to criminal indictments against 33 individuals and three entities.   

Mueller, a former FBI director, was selected to lead the investigation in May 2017.

President TrumpDonald TrumpKushner lands book deal, slated for release in 2022 Biden moves to undo Trump trade legacy with EU deal Progressives rave over Harrison's start at DNC MORE has repeatedly criticized the probe, calling it a “witch hunt.” Late last month, he accused Mueller of wasting more than $40 million to prove there was “no collusion” after Mueller accused Trump's one-time campaign chairman Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortLegal intrigue swirls over ex-Trump exec Weisselberg: Five key points There was Trump-Russia collusion — and Trump pardoned the colluder Treasury: Manafort associate passed 'sensitive' campaign data to Russian intelligence MORE of breaching a deal with federal prosecutors in which he agreed to fully cooperate with the investigation.