Mueller's Russian Federation probe has cost millions - DOJ

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Although the expenditures that took place between mid-May and September 30 for the special counsel's operations are relatively low compared with what many had anticipated, they could provide additional fodder for Republicans who have been critical of Mueller's work.

The figures were revealed in a Justice Department report released Tuesday. Those trades are being investigated in multiple probes in the U.S. and Europe.

The Mueller probe also spent $157,339 for a variety of contractual services - $111,245 for information technology, $24,456 for transcription and $17,217 for building services. The rest was spent on the relocation of Justice Department employees temporarily assigned to the expanding investigation, the report shows.

According to several previous reports, Mueller's team has been investigating the president's involvement with Moscow associates in a project in SoHo (New York) and the sale of his Florida mansion in 2008 to a Russian oligarch, Dmitry Rybolovlev.

Mr Mueller is looking into claims of Russian interference in the USA presidential election and potential collusion by Mr Trump's team - an allegation denied by the President and Russian authorities.

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So far, the probe has resulted in two indictments and two guilty pleas, none of which are in any way related to charges of "links and/or coordination" with Russian Federation.

The heat on the investigation of President Trump's finances has just been cranked up even further. In October, the first indictments in his probe were unsealed in court against Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort and an aide, Rick Gates. The individuals were not named.

Citing two people familiar with the meeting, CNN reported that former White House national security adviser Michael Flynn was the prime topic of the conversation between Kushner and Mueller's team.

Mueller headed the Federal Bureau of Investigation during the George W. Bush administration, and served in that capacity for two years under the Obama administration before being replaced by James Comey.

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