Here's How Much The Mueller Investigation Has Reportedly Cost So Far

Casey Dawson
December 4, 2017

Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes and other committee Republicans, after considering such action for several weeks, chose to move after media including the New York Times reported Saturday on why a top FBI official assigned to Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe of Russia-Trump election collusion had been removed from the investigation.

Peter Strzok, as deputy head of counter-intelligence at the FBI, was a key player in the investigation into Clinton's use of a private email server to do government work as Secretary of State, as well as the probe into possible coordination between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation in the 2016 election.

Mr Trump wrote that after years under fired FBI director James Comey, "with the phony and dishonest Clinton investigation (and more)", the agency's reputation "is in Tatters - worst in History!"

The people who were briefed on the reassignment said it was due to the "discovery of text messages in which Strzok and a colleague reacted to news events, like presidential debates, in ways that could appear critical of Trump".

ABC News reported back in August that Strzok had left the investigation, but said at the time "it's unclear why Strzok stepped away from Mueller's team of almost two dozen lawyers, investigators and administrative staffers".

A lawyer for Strzok declined to comment. "Just more Fake News covering another Comey lie!"

Mueller removed top Federal Bureau of Investigation agent over possible anti-Trump texts
Comey's decision to hold a news conference in July 2016 to announce that the bureau was recommending that Mrs. Donald Trump has changed his story on why he fired Michael Flynn as his national security adviser.

Strzok also worked on the probe into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while serving as secretary of state.

Robert Mueller removed an FBI agent from his investigation into alleged Russian election meddling, people briefed on the matter told U.S. media.

The inquiry into Mr. Strzok is being conducted by the Justice Department's inspector general, Michael E. Horowitz, who is leading a broad examination of how the F.B.I. handled the Clinton email investigation. They said he was deeply trusted by former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey, and he would have likely become one of the FBI's top officials if issues had not been raised surrounding the text messages.

Mueller was appointed in May to lead the Justice Department's investigation into whether President Trump or any of his associates colluded with Russian during the 2016 White House race.

However, the President later backed down.

Other reports by

Discuss This Article

FOLLOW OUR NEWSPAPER