Trump-Russia probe: Special Counsel Durham has spent at least $6.5 million on investigation



CNN

John Durham, the special counsel investigating possible wrongdoing in the Trump-Russia probe, has spent at least $6.5 million on his probe, including $2 million in, according to financial documents released by the Justice Department on Friday this year.

The top-line figure of $6.5 million captures Durham’s expenses between October 2020 and September 2022. However, Durham began his investigation in early 2019, and the cost of his first year and a half of work was not disclosed. Because he was working as a US attorney at the time and was only appointed Special Counsel in October 2020.

More than $1 million of this year’s spending was on employee salaries and benefits. The documents show that Durham’s office also spent more than $220,000 on travel, more than $600,000 on contracted services such as IT support, and more than $100,000 on rent.

Durham’s years-long investigation fell short of expectations. Though he detailed some embarrassing gaffes in the origins of the investigation into ties between Russia and former President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign, the special counsel has not charged any current administration official with a crime.

The investigation has resulted in just one conviction: a low-level FBI attorney named Kevin Clinesmith, who escaped jail by pleading guilty to tampering with a 2017 email the FBI used to justify surveillance of a former Trump campaign aide . The other two charges Durham was pursuing — against Trump-Russia dossier source Igor Danchenko and Hillary Clinton’s campaign attorney Michael Sussmann — ended in acquittals.

CNN has reported that Durham’s investigation is now in its final stages as his team finalizes its written report, which will be sent to Attorney General Merrick Garland. The Attorney General and other senior Justice Department officials will decide how much of the report will be released. Garland has previously said he wants to release “as much as possible.”

In comparison, Special Counsel Robert Mueller spent nearly $32 million during the two-year Russia investigation.

This article and headline have been updated.

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