Monday, June 11, 2018

House votes for regular audits of Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation

The following article appeared in the Washington Examiner on June 8th

The House voted Friday to audit special counsel Robert Mueller's team to see how he's spending money as he investigates alleged collusion between Russia and President Trump's campaign.

Lawmakers voted 207-201 to attach the language to a veterans, military construction, and energy and water spending bill that was headed to pass Friday.

Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., has been pushing for an audit of the Mueller probe in part because he is seeking information about the scope of the investigation. His amendment “reestablishes a semiannual Government Accountability Office financial review of obligated expenditures” from Mueller's office.

It would also require GAO to turn over the audits to House committees, including the Judiciary and Government Oversight panels.

"It's time for Congress to act to restore this key oversight provision," Meadows said. He is a senior member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee that would receive the audit.

Republican lawmakers have been at odds with the Department of Justice over a memo Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein wrote to Mueller last summer that provided the parameters of the Trump-Russia probe. The department has refused requests to turn over the memo, arguing earlier this month that doing so would “threaten the integrity” of the investigation.

The Justice Department reported in December that Mueller had spent nearly $7 million on the first four months of the investigation.

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