White House Budget Request Exposes Deception About Trump-Russia Investigation

White House Budget Request Exposes Deception About Trump-Russia Investigation

Donald Trump And His Lawyers Have Been Claiming Russia Investigation Will End Soon, But Budget Says Otherwise

A common talking point for the White House and Republicans in regard to the Russia investigation is that it will be over “soon”. But, as the Donald Trump administration released its budget request today, one item suggests that to be nothing more than completely empty rhetoric.

POLITICO flagged an item in the paperwork that points to the investigation running well into next year.

The budget projects that Mueller’s team will keep spending at its current rate of about $10 million per year in the next fiscal year, which starts in October.

POLITICO notes the Special Counsel headed by Robert Mueller needed $3.2 million from May to September in a request last year. That was in addition to $3.5 million from the Department of Justice that would have been incurred regardless of the Special Counsel.

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Lawyers for Donald Trump have claimed on numerous occasions the investigation would be wrapping up soon.

After Michael Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI late last year, White House lawyer Ty Cobb said in a statement:

The conclusion of this phase of the Special Counsel’s work demonstrates again that the Special Counsel is moving with all deliberate speed and clears the way for a prompt and reasonable conclusion.

This came less than two weeks after Cobb said he expected all White House interviews with Mueller to be done “shortly after Thanksgiving”.

The negotiations over the president sitting down with the Special Counsel are ongoing and may drag out for months. The Republican president said he was “looking forward” to the chance to talk with Mueller recently.

Just weeks after Cobb’s comments, reports emerged that Donald Trump was expecting to be cleared by Robert Mueller within weeks. Sources told CNN he was actually bragging about the notion to people around him.

Trump is boasting to friends and advisers that he expects Mueller to clear him of wrongdoing in the coming weeks, according to sources familiar with the conversations. The President seems so convinced of his impending exoneration that he is telling associates Mueller will soon write a letter clearing him that Trump can brandish to Washington and the world in a bid to finally emerge from the cloud of suspicion that has loomed over the first chapter of his presidency.

But, considering the budget request, all of that talk seems ridiculous. And it seems particularly absurd taking into account the tendency of this request to cut everything it can, such as devastating blows the White House is suggesting for social programs.

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So, despite the talk from the administration, Special Counsel Robert Mueller seems to have a lot of work ahead of him. And the Donald Trump White House appears to agree.

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