President Trump has assailed the “10,000,000 Russian Witch Hunt.” It isn’t over yet. By comparison, the Whitewater investigation during the Clinton years cost $107 million when adjusted for inflation.
The Justice Department has spent more than $17 million on its Russia investigation since special counsel Robert Mueller’s appointment last May, Politico reports. The totals include $10 million spent from October until March, a period when Mueller netted five guilty pleas and 17 indictments of people and companies as part of his examination of Moscow’s meddling in the 2016 election. In May, President Trump complained about the “$10,000,000 Russian Witch Hunt.” Mueller’s office listed direct spending of $4.5 million during the latest six-month period. The Russia investigation spending includes nearly $5.5 million for DOJ work that the department would have spent regardless of the special counsel’s probe.
There have been 21 completed independent counsel and special counsel investigations dating to the Carter administration. Their total price tag: $231 million, or $339 million when adjusted for inflation. Twelve cases concluded with no indictments. Six independent counsel investigations during the Clinton administration ran up costs of more than $140 million. Most notably, the Whitewater probe — led largely by independent counsel Kenneth Starr — carried a $73 million price tag, more than $107 million when adjusted for inflation.