As special counsel, it is Robert Mueller’s job to try to take down President Trump.
But along the way, he has had trouble finding any evidence that could do that.
But what he has done is spent a ton of money, and you won’t believe how much money he’s cost taxpayers for his investigation.
Just to recap the evidence that Special Counsel Robert Mueller has released that proves President Donald Trump colluded with Russia during the 2016 election: There is none. The only evidence that has been attempted to link to the President is a 2016 meeting between Donald Trump Jr., then Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, and a Russian lawyer.
Democrats played up that meeting as some sort of smoking gun, proving that the Russia collusion narrative is true. But in reality, there is no evidence pointing towards that meeting being anything more than a waste of time. In fact, the Russian lawyer has even spoke out in confusion as to why Mueller has never actually spoke to her, someone who supposedly is a central figure in the collusion case.
But despite Mueller not providing any evidence of Russia collusion that involved the President, he is still spending taxpayer dollars to investigate. And now we know exactly how much money Mueller has spent on the investigation thus far.
Late last month, Mueller released a spending report. In the spending report Mueller shows that from October 1, 2017, to March 31, 2018, $4,506,624 had been spent on the investigation.
Mueller claims that his tax-payer-funded investigation is in compliance with a 2004 Government Accountability Office (GAO) opinion that allows money to be appropriated to fund special counsels. It is his belief that the appropriation funding special counsels is permanent and indefinite.
Despite Mueller’s claim, The Federalist questions whether the wording in the opinion, which specifically allows appropriation for independent counsels applied also to special counsels, writing:
“Mueller claims the authority for his spending is codified in statutory notes to Section 591 of Title 28 of the United States Code. These notes do state that Congress established “a permanent indefinite appropriation … within the Department of Justice to pay all necessary expenses of investigations and prosecutions by independent counsel appointed pursuant to the provisions of 28 U.S.C. 591 et seq. or other law.” The notes state that Congress did so in Title II of Public Law 100–202, December 22, 1987. Sure enough, Congress did.
But does the permanent and indefinite appropriation for independent counsels apply to special counsels?”
Whether it is allowed to be funded by taxpayers is an important question. But regardless, a question should be asked whether this investigation specifically, which seems to have major political motivations, and ramifications should be allowed to use taxpayer dollars.
Democrats, along with anyone who is anti-Trump, have used Robert Mueller’s investigation as a political weapon. The vast majority of Democrats have a favorable view of Robert Mueller, while very few Republicans do. That is a major telling point at just how biased his investigation is.
The upcoming midterm elections will prove just how big of a factor possible Russia collusion is among voters. If Robert Mueller is to keep his investigation open through the midterm elections, it could become a major factor in the election.
Trump’s legal team is well aware of this, and his attorney, Rudy Giuliani, has made his intention to end the investigation by September well known.