Russian Federation probe cost $7 million over 5 months, DOJ says

Robert Mueller at a protest against President Trump in Vista Calif. in October. Credit Mike Blake  Reuters

Special Counsel Robert Mueller has spent more than $3.2 million in the opening months of his federal criminal investigation into Russian interference in last year's us election and whether President Donald Trump or anyone close to him colluded in it.

Special counsel Robert Mueller's "Russiagate" probe cost USA taxpayers $3.2 million in the first six months, mostly on salaries and benefits.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller was said to have subpoenaed Deutsche Bank for the release of Trump's medical records.

Mr Mueller is investigating claims of collusion between Mr Trump and Russian Federation.

Mueller's probe, established on May 17, is mandated to continue the FBI investigation into the Russian government's alleged efforts to interfere with the 2016 United States presidential election.

Trump has consistently denied any collusion between his campaign and Russian Federation and has stated that he did not have any business dealings in Russian Federation.

Deutsche Bank did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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The president declined to say what he would do if Mueller began such an examination, but he continued, "I think that's a violation".

That last one was just one piece of a broad campaign Trump undertook to hinder the Russian Federation investigation in general and the investigation of Flynn in particular, which reportedly included asking top officials in the intelligence community to pressure the FBI to shut it down and pressing Republican senators to end their own investigation.

Deutsche Bank has previously rejected similar demands, citing privacy laws.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller departs Capitol Hill after briefing members of the U.S. Senate on his investigation in Washington, June 21, 2017. And that's not to mention the fact that Trump said on national television that he fired Comey to shut down the investigation, and told the same thing to the Russian ambassador and foreign minister.

In October, Manafort pleaded not guilty to charges including conspiracy to launder money and conspiracy against the United States.

Mueller's investigation had expanded to examine a broad range of transactions involving the president's businesses, including dealings by his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, a person familiar with the probe told Bloomberg News after the publication of the Times interview.

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