A DOJ statement of expenditures released on Friday indicates that the investigation into former President Donald Trump has consumed a substantially greater amount of taxpayer funds compared to the investigation into President Joe Biden.
Fox News reported that the DOJ spent approximately $23 million in taxpayer funds on two investigations into Trump conducted by special counsel Jack Smith. A quarter of the amount the DOJ spent investigating Trump has been allocated to the investigation into Biden’s management of classified documents, or $6.4 million.
The expenditure statement indicates that approximately $7.3 million was allocated towards staff compensation, travel, rent, and benefits as part of the overall cost of Smith’s investigations. A further $7.2 million of the total expenses was borne by the DOJ for Smith and the special counsel’s security, “if warranted.”
The recent total, as reported by Fox, is $23 million, including $9 million from the investigation conducted by the DOJ from November 2022 to March 2023. This brings the total to date, as of September 2023, to $23 million. Smith has charged Trump with allegedly mishandling classified documents and interfering in the 2020 presidential elections. Trump has entered a not guilty plea to these charges.
According to the expenditure statement, the DOJ investigation into Biden from January 2023 to September 2023 cost approximately $6.4 million. Assigned to the Biden investigation in January 2022, special counsel Robert Hur is unlikely to file charges against Biden or anyone else involved in the investigation. Based on several reports, Hur’s team anticipates completing the investigation by the conclusion of 2024.
The White House, the Department of Justice, and the Trump campaign failed to respond to the Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment at this time.