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Published: Wed, December 06, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Robert Mueller 'demands Donald Trump's Deutsche Bank accounts'

Robert Mueller 'demands Donald Trump's Deutsche Bank accounts'

In May, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed Mueller to serve as special counsel for the Justice Department, and to oversee the investigation into "any links and/or coordination between Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump, and any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation".

Special Counsel Robert Mueller departs Capitol Hill after briefing members of the U.S. Senate on his investigation in Washington, June 21, 2017.

Since then, special counsels have been governed by a Justice Department regulation.

The budget overview notes that its funding comes from a "permanent, indefinite" appropriation for independent counsels to do their work, meaning if can not be touched by Congress. Of that, $500,000 went on new hires, while $1.2 million was paid to DOJ employees assigned to assist with the probe.

Equipment acquisitions marks the second-highest expense, coming in at more than $733,000, followed by costs for rent and utilities, travel and transportation, and contractual services. The private practice lawyers who joined Mueller's office each gave up more than a million dollars in annual pay, according to their previously reported financial disclosures.

Today we learn that special counsel Robert S. Mueller III is following President Trump's money.

"One obvious question is why Trump and those around him expressed interest in improving relations with Russian Federation as a top foreign policy priority, and whether or not any personal considerations played any part in that", the second official said, speaking on the condition of anonymity.

Mueller filed charges against Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort and his business partner Rick Gates on October 30. Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, pleaded guilty Friday to lying to Federal Bureau of Investigation agents, becoming the fourth associate of the president ensnared by Mueller's probe. We have official confirmation that the Trump finances subpoena was never sent, and we even know why.

"Special Counsel Mueller has spent $3.2 million on the first five months of his investigation, a figure that is entirely reasonable given the results we've already seen".

Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California praised the work done by Mueller and his team in a statement Tuesday.

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