“The REPORT” in NUMBERS: The Outrageous Cost to TAXPAYERS; Fox News Poll Shows Testimony ‘Won’t Matter’
It is 2019 and we are still in the thick of all things related to Former Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his two-year-long investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election culminating in a 448-page “Report.” And all for what? The report was released on April 18, 2019; Mueller held a press conference on May 29, 2019, saying he did not find evidence of Presidential crimes and declared he would never publicly speak of the report again.
Democrats want to keep digging in hopes that somewhere, somehow, they can dig up any credible nugget to justify their push for Trump’s impeachment. Republicans want to know why certain details which would exonerate Trump were purposely left out of the report.
When push comes to shove, nothing has been proven except that this whole ordeal was, and still is, a massive cost to taxpayers. Foxbusiness.com found that:
According to biannual reports released by the special counsel’s office, Mueller and his team spent $12.3 million in direct spending between his appointment on May 17, 2017, and Sept. 30, 2018. The office also said it incurred $12.9 million in ‘indirect’ Justice Department spending, a category it described as ‘neither legally required’ for disclosure nor reported in filings by previous special counsels…On average, the office spent roughly $8.4 million per each six-month period.
If the final statement – which has still not been released – remains on par with previous costs, total spending from the investigation is expected to reach $34 million in both direct and indirect spending.
The findings do not include any spending for 2019, including yesterday’s hearing. It can be argued that an extravagant cost can be justified if an outcome gives taxpayers some relief, guidance or clarity. Based on a Fox News Poll, 49 percent of voters, i.e., taxpayers, say there is “no chance at all” that anything said in the Mueller hearing will change how they feel about Trump and the Russia collusion.
A mere 8% said there is a “strong” chance that the testimony will change their mind. Who then, is this costly circus for?