According to recent Justice Department reports, the special counsel overseeing the investigation into the case involving the sensitive information used by former President Donald Trump has reportedly already spent more than $9 million of taxpayer money.
The five-page summary of expenditures, which was made public on Friday, covers the financial activities of Jack Smith’s office as special counsel from November 18, 2022, to March 31, 2023, amassing a total of $5,428,579, according to the document.
It also spurred other DOJ agencies to spend around $3.8 million in the almost four months following his appointment to head a two-pronged probe of Trump.
Spending on salaries, benefits, and other remuneration for employees was $2,672,783, with contracted services accounting for $1,881,926 of the total.
The Department of Justice published the Robert Hur expense report on Friday.
Hur is the special counsel in charge of a different investigation into secret papers discovered at President Joe Biden’s private house earlier this year.
Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed Smith as a special counsel to investigate any legal violations related to attempts to obstruct the legal transfer of power following the 2020 presidential election or the certification of the Electoral College vote on January 6, 2021.