Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into President Donald Trump's ties to Russia may be turning a profit, according to a Justice Department report filed on Friday.
So far, the probe has cost $25 million, the report said, falling far short of the $30 and $40 million figures thrown around by Trump.
....terrible Gang of Angry Democrats. Look at their past, and look where they come from. The now $30,000,000 Witch… https://t.co/g3rup9iqga— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1543324043.0
When will this illegal Joseph McCarthy style Witch Hunt, one that has shattered so many innocent lives, ever end-or… https://t.co/9CkDPhs5pS— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1543493772.0
Trump's TV lawyer Rudy Giuliani has also made questionable claims about the expenses incurred by Mueller and his team of prosecutors. Back in May, Giuliani stated Mueller had "wasted $20 million on an investigation that begins without any evidence and ends without any evidence."
Between May 17, 2017 (the day Mueller was appointed after Trump fired FBI Director James Comey) and March 31, 2018, the investigation had a price tag of $16.7 million, meaning Giuliani was just making up numbers.
"The department previously reported $6.7 million in direct and indirect costs from May through September 2017 and $10 million from October 2017 through March 2018," CNN noted, "bringing the total from all three reports over the life of the investigation to just over $25 million. Of that amount, only $12.3 million is the special counsel's direct expenditures."
The profit lies with the assets seized from Paul Manafort, Trump's former campaign chair, which amount to somewhere between $42 and $46 million.
As part of his plea deal with Mueller, Manafort agreed to hand over cash and real estate, including a condo in Trump Tower, a Brooklyn brownstone, and a mansion in the Hamptons.
Mueller has charged 36 people and entities with crimes and seven guilty pleas, that that is not including Manafort's multiple convictions in August for financial crimes and fraud.
The American people are getting their money's worth.
@CNN And every penny is worth it: this is an important counterintelligence investigation into an enemy’s activities… https://t.co/N60BTzrxfc— Sam Vinograd (@Sam Vinograd) 1544823010.0
@CNN Bargain!— The News Rabbit (@The News Rabbit) 1544821938.0
@CNN Worth every penny.— J (@J) 1544821918.0
@CNN And worth it!— Mayra Rodriguez (@Mayra Rodriguez) 1544822142.0
@CNN We the citizens are ok with him spending whatever is needed to get this mafia family out of OUR Whitehouse ! ASAP— Chiri Mae (@Chiri Mae) 1544828372.0
@CNN Worth. Every. Penny.— ☆✷ᒍᑌᑎO✩ᑕOᑭIᗩ＊❈ (@☆✷ᒍᑌᑎO✩ᑕOᑭIᗩ＊❈) 1544822492.0
The math speaks for itself.
Maybe Trump should take some pointers.
@CNN And they seized assets worth $40M.— Nikki Rocker (@Nikki Rocker) 1544823089.0
@CNN not going to mentioned the amount of assets that were seized? currently it’s operating at a ~15 million dollar profit.— chelsea 💅🏻 (@chelsea 💅🏻) 1544823959.0
@CNN And how much have they seized? Pretty sure they are making a profit at this point.— Free Thinking Female (@Free Thinking Female) 1544822525.0
@CNN And seized $30 million in assets. Unlike Mexico paying for the wall, Mueller actually pays for his work.— Patrick Wayne (@Patrick Wayne) 1544822077.0
Trump is outgunned.
@realDonaldTrump Mueller's seized $46,000,000 in assets just from Paul Manafort, including a Trump Tower condo.— William LeGate (@William LeGate) 1544500986.0
@realDonaldTrump https://t.co/f6Du7tbpU0— Mia Farrow (@Mia Farrow) 1544481340.0
@realDonaldTrump How do we tell you this... You are Individual 1.— lelelom (@lelelom) 1544588226.0
But, you know, "WiTcH hUnT."