Mueller's Russian Federation probe cost $3.2M in first four months


US Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office has spent about $3.2 million so far as part of its ongoing probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, the Justice Department revealed Tuesday in a report.

It was reported earlier that as part of his probe into possible collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign, Mr Mueller asked Deutsche Bank to share data on accounts held by Mr Trump and his family.

Trump's super-sized Deutsche Bank loans-as well as his debts to other lenders-create massive conflicts of interest.

Deutsche Bank has also come under scrutiny for activities in the same world it shares with Trump, real estate investment.

The special counsel's mission - or at least its original mandate - was supposed to determine whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russian intelligence to hack the DNC and John Podesta, as well as coordinate a propaganda campaign during the election.

Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating President Donald Trump's campaign's ties to Russian Federation, reportedly subpoenaed Deutsche Bank for data on accounts held by Trump and his family.

"Deutsche Bank always cooperates with investigating authorities in all countries", the lender said in a statement to Bloomberg on Tuesday, declining to provide additional information.

Democrats on the House Financial Services Committee asked the bank in May for information about reports that it might have been a conduit for Russian money for the Trump family.

"Deutsche Bank did not contact us regarding people connected with the Trump administration". The one exception was Deutsche Bank, to which Trump owed $364 million as of the end of past year. After a string of bankruptcies and broken promises, pretty much every other major bank stopped lending Trump money some years ago.

Mueller also splashed out $733,969 to acquire office equipment for the investigation, which the DOJ report explained will remain federal government property after the probe is finished. He said that no subpoena had been received by the bank and that no records had been turned over to Mueller as a result.

Opponents and some reports have suggested that Trump's businesses are the terminus for billions of dollars in illicit money, funneled out of Russian Federation or the East, through intermediaries, and into properties connected with the Trump real estate empire. And it claimed none of them were "persuasive".

The first four and a half months of the probe comes with a price tag of more than $6.7 million, according to Fox News.

The nature of the Trump's relationship with Deutsche Bank is highly personal.

The bank declined to comment on whether Manafort is or has ever been a client.

Manafort was charged, along with his longtime business partner Rick Gates, for work on behalf of Ukraine unrelated to the campaign. Trump likely didn't commit obstruction in the legal sense in firing Comey, but he'd be clearly committing obstruction in the political sense if he fired Mueller now.