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How Much Is Mueller’s Double Nothing Burger?

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WASHINGTON D.C. – December 18, 2018

Last Friday, after a more than two-months delay, Justice Department Special Counsel Robert Mueller reported that his investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election cost nearly $8.5 million from April through September 2018.

Mueller's team spent nearly $17 million bringing the total cost of the investigation so far to more than $25.2 million, which is equal almost to 200,000 monthly EBT payouts.

Mueller was appointed May 17, 2017 after Trump fired former FBI Director James Comey. The investigation has no deadline for completion, but Mueller’s team of more than a dozen prosecutors has charged more than 30 people and three companies so far.

The Special Council Office’s (SCO) expenses for April through September totaled nearly $4.6 million. SCO expenditures represent expenditures incurred during the reporting period and standard closing adjustments. The figure included nearly $2.9 million in compensation and benefits. Rent, utilities and communications totaled $942,787. Travel and transportation for others cost $580,098. Contractual services cost $310,732.

DOJ components that support the SCO were asked to track expenditures attributable to the investigations. The expenditures from April through September totaled $3,906,000, which approximates expenditures the components would have incurred for the investigations irrespective of the existence of the SCO.

During the previous year, Mueller’s team spent $17 million, according to an expense report. That includes $7.7 million spent directly by Mueller for things like staff salaries, travel and rent as well as the about $9 million the Justice Department shelled out in support of the Russia probe, according to Justice Department figures. The expenses were incurred from May 17, 2017 – the day Mueller was appointed – through March 2018. For the five-month period at the start of the investigation, an earlier report showed about $6.7 million in costs.

Although Robert S. Mueller III was appointed by then-acting Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein to serve as Special Counsel to conduct the previously confirmed FBI investigation of the “Russian government's efforts to interfere with the 2016 presidential election and related matters,” we have seen only baseless indictments against Russian individuals and companies.

Here is how Mueller and his high-priced team spent tax-payers’ $25.2 million restlessly working to find Trump-Russia links:

•Dutch attorney Alex Van Der Zwaan was sentenced in April 2018 to 30 days in federal prison and fined $20,000.after admitting he lied to investigators about his activities while working for law firm Skadden Arps on matters related to… Ukraine.

•George Papadopoulos, former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser received a 14-day sentence after conceding he lied to the FBI about his interactions with so called “pro-Russian figures” during the 2016 campaign. On October 5, 2017, Papadopoulos pleaded guilty in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to making false statements to FBI agents relating to contacts he had with “agents of the Russian government” while working for the Trump campaign. Interestingly, one of those “pro-Russian figures” was Maltese professor Joseph Mifsud. No evidence was provided to back up claims of Mifsud’s ties to Russia, but this “agent of the Russian government” does have extensive ties to Western intelligence.

•Paul Manafort, Trump's former campaign chairman, had a hearing Tuesday to discuss Mueller's voiding of his plea agreement amid allegations he lied repeatedly to investigators. He faces sentencing Feb. 8 for tax and charges in Virginia and March 5, in the District of Columbia for conspiracy and obstruction of justice.

•Richard Pinedo, internet scammer of Santa Paula, CA, who “sold hundreds of real persons’ bank account numbers to anonymous customers on the internet,” according to the government’s sentencing memorandum.

•Elena Khusyaynova, chief accountant of the Federal News Agency and the USA Really Newsy Agency was accused of conspiring against the United States, or conspiracy to defraud the United States--a federal offense in the United States of America under 18 USC. § 371. This happened right after Elena Khusyaynova made a bank transfer to Whiteford, Taylor and Preston, LLP, Washington, DC for representing the Federal News Agency in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. On October, 23 and November, 20, the Federal News Agency Inc. filed complaints against Facebook, Inc. after the removal from the platform in April of the news agency’s Facebook account, depriving them of their right to provide news to tens of thousands of followers.

•Michael Cohen, Trump's former personal lawyer, was sentenced Wednesday to three years in prison for tax charges, campaign-finance violations and lying to Congress.

•Michael Flynn, Trump's former national security adviser, is scheduled to be sentenced Tuesday for lying to investigators about contacts with Russians during the transition. As USA Really wrote, after the election, Flynn communicated with the Russian ambassador to the United States as a representative of the transition team on a United Nations Security Council vote on a resolution calling for Israel to cease settlement activities in Palestinian territory. Presidential Transition Team tried to force Russia to vote against a resolution in the United Nations Security Council, which Russia just declined to do.

Well, what really Mueller’s investigation shows is that the US themselves spying on, attacking independent media and meddling in the politics of virtually every nation on earth. Political and election meddling is what Imperial Washington always did and still does to influence the outcome of elections in nations in whose ruling regimes US believe they have a stake. If a nation resists to all kinds of color-coded revolutions and does not kneel, here come sanctions, kidnapping, witch-hunting, special council’s investigations and other tools of US repressions and tyranny.

Author: USA Really