Special Counsel Jack Smith’s twin probes into former President Donald Trump have, thus far, demanded over $9 million from taxpayer funds. Meanwhile, the Justice Department’s ongoing investigation into President Biden’s handling of classified documents has a running tab of $1.2 million.
These totals, unveiled in recent Justice Department reports, summarize the expenditure of the special counsels and associated costs borne by other branches of the Justice Department that are engaged in the investigations up until the end of March.
The financial report of Smith’s operations indicates that over $5.4 million has been allocated towards personnel compensation and benefits, travel, rent, supplies, printing, and contractual services in the investigations involving Trump.
Additional Justice Department bodies have borne $3.8 million in expenditures in their role supporting Smith’s investigation into the former president. This assistance has included the provision of investigative support analysts and, “when warranted,” a security detail for the special counsel, as per the official report.
Smith, who was assigned by Attorney General Merrick Garland last November, spearheads the investigations into Trump’s handling of delicate national security documents and his alleged attempts to invalidate the results of the 2020 presidential election.
The overall expenditure could potentially be significantly higher than reported, as the totals do not include activities that took place in April, May, June, or July, a time period that saw marked intensification in the special counsel’s investigation and Trump’s indictment on 37 felony counts relating to the classified documents probe.
In contrast to Smith’s costly probes, the special counsel assigned in January to probe President Biden’s own classified document scandal has only consumed $615,000 of the public purse up until March, as per another Justice Department report.
Additional Justice Department units have shouldered roughly $572,000 in further costs supporting Special Counsel Robert Hur’s investigation into Biden, resulting in an overall expenditure of approximately $1.2 million in taxpayer funds on this investigation.
Special Counsel John Durham’s inquiry into the FBI’s management of now-discredited allegations that Trump’s campaign collaborated with Russia prior to the 2016 election has cost taxpayers an estimated $1.1 million in the six months before March 31, according to a third DOJ report.
Durham, appointed by former Attorney General William Barr in October 2020, accrued only $59,174 in additional expenses from other Justice Department divisions during the concluding months of his investigation.
By comparison, Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who was selected to examine the allegations of Russian collusion against Trump, expended roughly $31.5 million over his two-year-long investigation, as per the Justice Department.