(Tea Party 247) – For two straight years, we the people watched as our tax dollars were flushed down the drain in a probe led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller that we all knew was going to be a massive waste of time, especially since the whole purpose of the Russia collusion investigation was to try and find something to boot President Trump out of office.
As most of us already believed, the investigation turned up absolutely nothing and has since become the butt of jokes around political circles for the egregious mishandling of many aspects of the probe by Mueller and his ilk.
Now, after all of this hoopla, why is absolutely no one paying attention to Hillary Clinton and her involvement in Ukrainegate? How about Benghazi, the email scandal, and Whitewater? There’s a list of scandals involving the Clintons that are a mile long.
So why is no one digging into her with the same vigor they did Donald Trump?
Via DC Clothesline:
Between May 17, 2017 — the day Mueller was appointed Special Counsel — through Sept. 30, 2018, his office spent $12,287,852. This includes $7.3 million on salaries and benefits, $1.3 million on travel and transportation, and $2.2 million on rent and utilities. In the most recent of the three expense reports filed, the Special Counsel’s office also says it spent $15,618 on printing and copying needs.
Not included in these figures are “component expenses” incurred by the Department of Justice at large. These additional costs totaled $12,928,000, though the DOJ says it was not legally required to report them, and that they are approximate to what the DOJ would have spent elsewhere if the Special Counsel’s Office didn’t exist.
Mueller’s office has not yet filed an expense report for the last six months of his investigation, but including the DOJ’s contributions, the total reported cost so far is $25.2 million.
The fourth and final expense report has not yet been released, though it is likely that it will come out soon. The first three reports totaled approximately $6.8 million, $10 million and $8.5 million, respectively. So the last one, if comparable to the others, would make the final dollar amount of Mueller’s probe between $32 million and $35 million.
Sounds like the two sources agree.
But wait, there’s more from Time:
Though that is a lot of money, the investigation may have actually paid for itself by uncovering tax evasion and fraud.
Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, was sentenced for obstruction of justice and conspiracy in September. Manafort, as part of his plea deal, agreed to forfeit assets valued around $42 million, including about $22 million in real estate property, according to CNBC, though a Justice Department official told NBC News that the money would not go directly to funding the investigation.
The Hill reported, back in March:
After nearly three years and millions of tax dollars, the Trump-Russia collusion probe is about to be resolved. Emerging in its place is newly unearthed evidence suggesting another foreign effort to influence the 2016 election — this time, in favor of the Democrats.
Ukraine’s top prosecutor divulged in an interview aired Wednesday on Hill.TV that he has opened an investigation into whether his country’s law enforcement apparatus intentionally leaked financial records during the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign about then-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort in an effort to sway the election in favor of Hillary Clinton.
The leak of the so-called black ledger files to U.S. media prompted Manafort’s resignation from the Trump campaign and gave rise to one of the key allegations in the Russia collusion probe that has dogged Trump for the last two and a half years.
Ukraine Prosecutor General Yurii Lutsenko’s probe was prompted by a Ukrainian parliamentarian’s release of a tape recording purporting to quote a top law enforcement official as saying his agency leaked the Manafort financial records to help Clinton’s campaign.
The parliamentarian also secured a court ruling that the leak amounted to “an illegal intrusion into the American election campaign,” Lutsenko told me. Lutsenko said the tape recording is a serious enough allegation to warrant opening a probe, and one of his concerns is that the Ukrainian law enforcement agency involved had frequent contact with the Obama administration’s U.S. Embassy in Kiev at the time.
“Today we will launch a criminal investigation about this and we will give legal assessment of this information,” Lutsenko told me.
Lutsenko, before becoming prosecutor general, was a major activist against Russia’s influence in his country during the tenure of Moscow-allied former President Viktor Yanukovych. He became chief prosecutor in 2016 as part of anti-corruption reforms instituted by current President Petro Poroshenko, an ally of the U.S. and Western countries.
Unlike the breathless start to the Russia collusion allegations — in which politicians and news media alike declared a Watergate-sized crisis before the evidence was fully investigated — the Ukraine revelations deserve to be investigated before being accepted.
After all, Ukraine is dogged by rampant corruption. It is a frequent target of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s dirty tricks. And it is a country that, just last year, faked a journalist’s death for one day, reportedly to thwart an assassination plot.
The question stands. Why is this bit of “collusion” being overlooked? Well, quite frankly, it’s because the whole Russia collusion junk was nothing more than an attempt by Democrats to strike back at Donald Trump for beating the pants off their “chosen one” Hillary Clinton.
It was a petty attempt at revenge, one that only had one purpose: the destruction of the Trump administration and his impeachment and removal from office.
That’s all it was ever about. It was not about preserving the integrity of our election system. It’s not about our freedom and liberty. It’s about getting back at Trump and his supporters for humiliating the Democratic Party.
Truth be told, if the left was concerned with justice and equality under the law, they’d already have this case with the Ukraine busted wide open and the folks involved criminally prosecuted. Unfortunately, our government is only concerned with how it can strip its citizens of their power rather than protecting their rights and pursuing justice.