Special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE‘s investigation into Russian election interference and whether the Trump campaign colluded with the Kremlin is reportedly being funded through the end of September.
Reuters, citing three U.S. officials familiar, reported on the matter on Monday, noting that the special counsel office’s funding was not addressed in the White House and Justice Department’s new budget requests. The officials told the news outlet that Mueller’s team is still being funded by the U.S. Treasury under specific regulations administered by the Department of Justice.
“The Special Counsel is funded by the Independent Counsel appropriation, a permanent indefinite appropriation established in the Department’s 1988 Appropriations Act,” a Justice Department spokesman said.
The news about the funding for Mueller’s investigation comes as speculation increases that his extensive probe is reaching its conclusion. Multiple reports have indicated Mueller will deliver a report to Attorney General William Barr detailing his investigation in the coming weeks.
Mueller reported spending about $9 million during the last fiscal year, according to Justice Department documents obtained by Reuters. It is unclear how much he has spent in the current fiscal year.
According to regulations, Mueller is required to report to the attorney general the status of his investigation at the start of each fiscal year. It is during this time that he can provide budget requests.
It is unclear if Mueller is looking to make a request for the 2020 fiscal year, according to Reuters.
Trump has repeatedly derided Mueller’s investigation, often calling it a “witch hunt.”