Monday, June 11, 2018

Schuette's Flint Water Investigation Costs More Than Mueller's Russian Collusion Inquiry


By Brandon Hall
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The total cost of Robert Mueller's inquiry into the Trump campaign's alleged "collusion" with Russia during the 2016 election has been approximately $17 million so far, recent reports reveal.

The bill to Michigan taxpayers for the Flint Water Crisis investigation launched by Attorney General Bill Schuette? Over $23 million and climbing!


According to the Detroit News:

"The cost to defend and prosecute the Flint water investigation continues to climb, but attorneys on both sides say legal representation in one of the state’s largest criminal cases involving public officials is expensive.
The costs are expected to escalate in part because six current and former city and state officials have been charged with involuntary manslaughter related to one of the 12 deaths attributed to a 2014-15 outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in the Flint area. The cost will zoom past the current tab of $23 million even with cost-cutting measures in place, lawyers said...
Schuette’s team has charged Lyon, Michigan Chief Medical Officer Eden Wells, two Flint emergency managers and two other officials with involuntary manslaughter in the Legionnaires’ death of a Genesee Township man who was originally declared dead from other conditions."
Contrast that tab, nearly $25 million last October, with Robert Mueller and the Russia inquiry, which has cost $17 million.
According to Time:
"The bill for special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the U.S. election has totaled about $16.7 million over the course of its first year, according to a count by the Justice Department.
From October 2017 through March 2018, the probe rang up nearly $10 million in expenses, according to a tally released by the Department of Justice on Thursday. That’s in addition to the $6.7 million spent in the first five months, starting in May 2017, when Mueller was appointed to investigate whether President Donald Trump or any of his aides colluded with Russia during the 2016 presidential election.
The latest spending receipts show the special counsel’s office directly spent $4.5 million from October to March. The bulk of that money — $2.7 million — was allocated to personnel compensation and benefits. Another half a million was used for travel fees."

Brandon Hall is a lifelong political nerd from Grand Haven, and is the Managing Editor of West Michigan Politics.

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