President Donald Trump continued to rail against special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 campaign on Thursday, claiming without any evidence that the cost of the probe had jumped by $10 million in less than 48 hours.
The president vented his seething anger with the special counsel’s investigation on Tuesday, referring to it as a “Witch Hunt” perpetrated by a “terrible Gang of Angry Democrats.”
“The now $30,000,000 Witch Hunt continues and they’ve got nothing but ruined lives. Where is the Server? Let these terrible people go back to the Clinton Foundation and “Justice” Department,” Trump tweeted on Tuesday.
….terrible Gang of Angry Democrats. Look at their past, and look where they come from. The now $30,000,000 Witch Hunt continues and they’ve got nothing but ruined lives. Where is the Server? Let these terrible people go back to the Clinton Foundation and “Justice” Department!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 27, 2018
Two short days later, the president took to Twitter to inform his devout followers that the cost of Mueller’s investigation had soared increased by an additional $10 million dollars.
“When will this illegal Joseph McCarthy style Witch Hunt, one that has shattered so many innocent lives, ever end – or will it just go on forever? After wasting more than $40,000,000 (is that possible?), it has proven only one thing – there was NO Collusion with Russia. So Ridiculous!” the president tweeted on Thursday morning.
When will this illegal Joseph McCarthy style Witch Hunt, one that has shattered so many innocent lives, ever end-or will it just go on forever? After wasting more than $40,000,000 (is that possible?), it has proven only one thing-there was NO Collusion with Russia. So Ridiculous!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 29, 2018
As Newsweek notes:
The latest numbers released by the Justice Department show that the special counsel had cost taxpayers about $17 million over the course of its first year. The probe began in May 2017, when Mueller was appointed to investigate whether Trump or any of his campaign aides had cooperated with Russia during the 2016 election to influence the outcome. In the first five months of the investigation, Mueller’s team spent about $6.7 million. But from October 2017 to March 2018, the special counsel racked up nearly $10 million in expenses.
The Justice Department has not yet said how much money the special counsel has spent since March, but if Trump’s statements are correct it would mean that Mueller’s team would have had to more than double its costs over the past six months.
Trump also blasted his former personal lawyer Michael Cohen on Thursday as a “weak person” for pleading guilty to lying to Congress in special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe.
Trump accused Cohen, who served for years as Trump’s self-described fixer, of “lying” to federal prosecutors in order to get a lesser sentence shortly after the former confidant made a surprise appearance in a New York federal court to enter the plea.
“He’s a weak person and what he’s trying to do is get a reduced sentence,” Trump told reporters at the White House before leaving for a summit in Argentina. ”So, he’s lying about a project that everybody knew about.”
Cohen pleaded guilty to one count of making false statements to Congress related to his testimony about communications with Russia during the 2016 presidential campaign, reports The Hill.