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Jack Smith spent $5.5 million on his Trump investigation in just 4 months

Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed Smith in November 2022 shortly after Trump announced his 2024 presidential campaign.

Published: July 7, 2023 5:19pm

Updated: July 7, 2023 8:02pm

Special counsel Jack Smith spent a whopping $5.5 million in the first four months of his investigation into former President Donald Trump's alleged mishandling of classified materials.

Smith in June unveiled a 37-count indictment against Trump related to the materials recovered from his Mar-a-Lago estate in August of 2022. Trump has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed Smith in November 2022 shortly after Trump announced his 2024 presidential campaign. From that point through March of this year, he spent a total of $5,428,579 on the case, Fox News reported. More than $1.8 million of that figure went to "contractual services." More than $2.6 million, meanwhile, went to paying personnel and providing benefits.

Special counsel Robert Hur, meanwhile, whom Garland appointed in January to look into President Joe Biden's handling of classified materials, has spent just $615,962 since his appointment.

Special counsel John Durham, whose yearslong case resulted in the publication of a report that found the FBI initiated its investigation into the 2016 Trump campaign with no predicating evidence, spent a total of $7,683,839 throughout the entire investigation.

Smith's seemingly zealous prosecution has drawn scrutiny from the Trump camp, with one of his attorneys, Jesse Binnall, asserting that the special counsel has political motivations.

"I will say that Jack Smith, I think, absolutely wants to rain hellfire down on this president and his supporters–not just people in his orbit, but also his supporters. And he's gonna stop at nothing," he said on the Thursday edition of the "Just the News, No Noise" TV show. "This is not a good guy... Unfortunately, the people that he tends to work with are zealots."

Ben Whedon is an editor and reporter for Just the News. Follow him on Twitter.

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