Bill Barr reveals in his four-page letter how Russia probe’s 19 lawyers issued 2,800 subpoenas and 40 FBI agents executed 500 warrants and 50 phone taps only to find no collusion with Russia

Monday, March 25, 2019
By Paul Martin

The probe spent $25 million through the end of September
That figure includes some costs that would have been spent anyway
It may have spent an estimated $35 million up to the present
It issued 2,800 subpoenas to get information
500 witnesses interviewed
Agents got 500 search warrants and 230 orders for records
AG Bill Barr lade out some of the information in a 3 1/2 page letter
Probe lasted for 674 days
Mueller didn’t make determination on whether the president obstructed justice

24 March 2019

Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation made ample use of a platoon of 19 lawyers during its nearly two-year run – firing off 2,800 subpoenas in order to investigate Russian election interference and assess whether President Trump obstructed justice.

New Attorney General William Barr included several statistics about the probe in his four-page letter that he gave to Congress Sunday.

Barr provides the information in the first substantive paragraph in his letter – the opening of which gives the full title of the probe: ‘Report on the Investigation into Russian Interference in the 2016 Presidential Election.’

Although he doesn’t spell out the costs, the 674 day probe spent $25 million through the end of September, using a metric that also includes some Justice Department expenditures that would have happened even without the probe.

Barr cites Mueller as reporting that he employed 19 lawyers who were aided by approximately 40 ‘FBI agents, intelligence analysts, forensic accountants, and other professional staff.’

In total, Mueller’s office issued more than 2,800 subpoenas, collecting a trove of information that contributed to the eight convictions Mueller has obtained so far, as well as prosecutions farmed out to various U.S. attorneys’ offices.

FBI agents executed a total of 500 search warrants – including when a team of agents raided longtime Trump advisors Roger Stone’s Florida home in the early morning following his arrest.

Agents following up on the special counsel’s work also swooped in on former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen’s home, office, and apartment – having conducted thorough assessments in advance about such details as his office set-up, computer network, and filing system.

They even used electronic tracking to figure out which hotel room Cohen was staying in, after getting an earlier warrant to read his emails, which tipped them off that Cohen had moved to a hotel after sustaining water damage to his home.

All told, the special counsel ‘obtained more than 230 orders for communication records, issued almost 50 orders authorizing use of pen registers, made 13 requests to foreign governments for evidence, and interviewed approximately 500 witnesses,’ according to Barr.

The probe’s costs may ultimately be exceeded by what it brought in. Former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort agreed to forfeit assets worth $42 million during his guilty plea to some of the charged against him following a conviction.

Barr included the information in his report to establish that Mueller indeed conducted a ‘thorough’ investigation – which bolstered the finding that Mueller’s team ‘did not establish that members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities.’

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