Durham’s investigation into Russia probe costs $3.8 million so far

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(CNN)Special counsel John Durham‘s investigation into the origins of the FBI’s Russia probe cost about $3.8 million over its first year in operation, according to reports released by the Justice Department.

The reports, including one released Wednesday, show Durham’s team spent more than $2.8 million on travel, salaries, benefits, IT services and litigative support from October 2020 through September 2021. Other Justice Department departments that supported the office of the special counsel spent almost $1 million during that period.
Durham was appointed during the Trump administration to investigate the FBI’s Russia probe, which uncovered contacts between the Trump campaign and Russians during the 2016 election.
His work was launched in 2019 by then-Attorney General William Barr, a skeptic of the Russia investigation. Although the Justice Department regulations that govern Durham’s conduct do not require a public report, previous special counsels including Robert Mueller have made their findings public.
Attorney General Merrick Garland said in October that he wants “as much as possible” of Durham’s eventual report to be released publicly.
“With respect to the report, I would like as much as possible to be made public,” Garland said during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing. “I am concerned about Privacy Act classification and classification. However, other than that, the promise is to provide a report public, yes.”
Garland also pledged that there would not be any political interference with Durham’s investigation. Many Democrats have criticized the probe, partly because it was seen as an attempt to undermine Russia’s investigation.
Former President Donald Trump has suggested that Durham’s investigation will uncover a vast conspiracy to use the FBI and the Justice Department against his 2016 campaign and will lead to criminal charges against senior Obama administration officials. However, no arrests were made during Durham’s initial six-month investigation.
By September, however, it had landed two indictments — one for Hillary Clinton campaign lawyer Michael Sussmann and another for Igor Danchenko, a Russian analyst who was a source for the 2016 dossier of allegations about Trump. Both were indicted separately on charges of lying to FBI. They both pleaded not guilty.

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