The government price tag of US Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russia's alleged interference in the 2016 US presidential elections stood at about $16.7 million in its first 10 and a half months, according to the AP.
The news outlet cited a US Justice Department document as saying that the investigation's cost, including expenditures on Mueller's personnel, increased by almost $10 million from the beginning of October 2017 through the end of March 2018.
Twitter users immediately reacted to the news, also posting sarcastic remarks related to US President Donald Trump's comments on his Twitter page, in which he claimed that "more than 17 million dollars" had been spent on Mueller's inquiry and that the cost is "going up fast."
Mueller’s investigation cost $16.7 million in just under a year.— Fight the Corrupt (@CPM10V) 1 июня 2018 г.
Nixon’s watergate in 1974 cost 6.3 Million and took over two years.
The cost of Watergate today would be: $32 Million Dollars!
Keep Going Mr. Mueller.
If we can afford to help ZTE, we can afford you!
Only 16.7 million dollars? Wow. So Mueller is like the Costco of law enforcement: Good quality, great service at a fraction of the cost.— Rōnin (@3rdLOF) 1 июня 2018 г.
Damn, that's awesome.
Let’s do the math! Donald Trump is complaining about $16.7 million being spent on the Mueller investigation! He needs to put his own self in check for the 17 trips Mar o largo @ 3 mil per trip = $51 million of taxpayers money.Did you hear that Trumptards, these are ur tax dollars— Blue Diamond (@BlueShanno13) 1 июня 2018 г.
16.7 Million dollars to fund the Mueller investigation is a bargain.— John Carrell (@JohnCarrell16) 1 июня 2018 г.
#TRUMP complains about #Mueller Special Counsel has cost $16.7 million thus far, but ONE ROUND OF GOLF AT MARALAGO costs taxpayers $1 Million Dollars. He's golfed 37 times to date. $37 Million & counting. #TRUMP#TrumpLiesMatter#TrumpCrimeSyndicate#LieGate #TrumpCrimeFamily— Parker_Rush #NeverAgain (@Parker_Rush) 2 июня 2018 г.
Mueller’s investigation cost $16.7 million in just under a year!!!! RIDICULOUS!!! It's time for @POTUS to use his executive rights and give Mueller one month to finish his witch Hunt.— Daniel Aguirre (@realdanaguirre) 2 июня 2018 г.
CORRECTION: The AP report said that the Mueller investigation cost $16.7 million. They reported that it was your golf trips that cost $17 million. If you actually stayed in the WH & worked on weekends like Obama--& like you promised during your rallies--we'd have a $300k surplus.— Ruthie! (@RMMichaels) 2 июня 2018 г.
Trump propaganda fronted by Hungarian former criminal on the lamb @SebGorka has been lamenting that the Mueller investigation has cost the American tax payers 16.7 Million dollars. To date, Trumps weekend golf trips have cost 17 million to us. #GorkaGutterRat— Mike Love Not War (@mikelove719) 2 июня 2018 г.
You’re confused as usual. Your travel to Mar-A-Lago has cost 17 million. The Mueller probe has been a bargain at only 16.7 million so far.— Colleen Stewart (@cstewart37) 2 июня 2018 г.
Correction, $17 million is what the taxpayers have paid so far in vacations to your own property. Mueller's investigation of the verified Russian interference cost $16.7 million.— Michele Dotterer (@mdott00) 2 июня 2018 г.
"Justice Department on Thursday shows that the Mueller investigation has cost about $16.7 million…." And your words: "….has now cost our government OVER $17 million" LIAR!!! 3/3— Janis (@Janis64555857) 2 июня 2018 г.
Russia has repeatedly denied allegations that it interfered in the 2016 US presidential election, calling the accusations groundless. Trump, for his part, has more than once lambasted Mueller's investigation, calling it "witch hunt."