Durham probe costs nearly five times less than Mueller probe, data shows

Mueller's inquiry cost a total of $32 million while Durham's has cost at least $6.5 million so far.

Published: December 26, 2022 12:21pm

Updated: December 26, 2022 12:53pm

Special counsel John Durham's probe into the FBI's investigation into ties between the 2016 Trump campaign and Russia has cost the Justice Department less than $10,000 a day on average, nearly five times less than the daily cost of special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into the discredited Trump-Russia collusion allegations.

Durham's ongoing probe has cost at least $6.5 million from Oct. 19, 2020, until Sept. 30, 2022, according to Justice Department data released Friday. This means Durham spends an average of over $9,100 a day on his probe.

From May 17, 2017 through May 29, 2019, Mueller's inquiry cost $32 million, multiple outlets reported. Mueller's investigation cost an average of more than $43,000 a day. 

Comparing the prices of the two investigations, Mueller's probe costs about 4.7 times more than Durham's on average.

Durham's inquiry secured the guilty plea of former FBI attorney Kevin Clinesmith for altering a document about the government's surveillance of a former Trump campaign adviser.

However, his inquiry suffered several setbacks this year when Clinton campaign attorney Michael Sussman and key Steele dossier source Igor Danchenko were acquitted. Durham is expected to produce a final report on his findings.

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