Special counsel has spent millions investigating Trump

The special counsel investigating former President Donald Trump has spent $5.4 million so far, with the majority going toward salaries for staff and litigation support.

Investigation details: Jack Smith, the special counsel, is focusing on Trump’s refusal to return classified documents and key aspects of the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol siege.
* Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed Smith in November 2021, after Trump declared his candidacy for the 2024 election.
* Trump and his valet, Walt Nauta, were charged with conspiracy to obstruct the probe into the classified documents among other felony offenses. Both pleaded not guilty in a Florida federal courthouse.

Spending breakdown: More than half of the spent funds cover salaries for Department of Justice employees.
* About $1.6 million was allocated to litigation or investigative support, and another $1.9 million went toward salaries for U.S. Marshals Service members who protect Smith, who has been receiving threats.

Other investigations: The Justice Department also released financial reports for two other special counsels.
* Robert Hur, former U.S. Attorney in Baltimore during Trump’s administration, is overseeing an investigation into unauthorized removal and retention of classified materials at the Penn Biden Center and Biden’s Delaware residence. He has spent nearly $616,000 so far, with around $310,000 going to marshals for security.
* John Durham, appointed by former Trump attorney general Bill Barr to investigate the FBI’s investigation of Trump and Russia, spent $1.2 million between October 2022 and March 2023.

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