(TruthAndLiberty.com) – A new report found that the Department of Justice special counsel Jack Smith had spent over $5.4 million within the first five months of his two probes into former President Donald Trump. The first case was considering Trump’s alleged mishandling of classified documents following his exit from the White House and the second case is examining Trump’s attempts to overturn the 2020 presidential election.
According to the report $1.9 million were used for contractual services, which included both investigative and legal support. Around $2.5 million were used for personnel compensation and benefits, while other funds were used for rent, equipment, and other necessary travel. Over $3.8 million has also been spent by Justice Department agencies for helping with the two probes, which would mean that the overall total cost was more than $9 million for the investigation.
Attorney General Merrick Garland assigned the case to Smith in November, following Trump’s announcement that he was joining the presidential race. Last month, both Trump and Walt Nauta, his personal aide, were indicted in the classified documents case on multiple charges, including violations of the Espionage Act and allegations that they had deliberately obstructed justice by refusing to return classified documents that had been taken from the White House.
The Department of Justice also released details regarding their recent spending in the investigations led by special counsels John Durham and Robert Hur. Durham, whose investigation was looking into the collusion allegations between Trump and Russia in 2016, had spent $1.1 million in the last six months of the probe.
Hur, who is handling the investigation into President Biden’s potential mishandling of classified documents, has spent $615,000 in the investigation since January, while other Department of Justice agencies have spent an additional $570,000.
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