Judicial Watch, which has proven itself to be one of the most effective government watchdog groups in American history, is turning its attention to the wild and reckless investigation of Special Counsel Robert Mueller with an explosive new lawsuit. In the suit, Judicial Watch is demanding that the Department of Justice unveil publicly the budget for which Mueller and his team are operating. Hoping to get an idea of how much this investigation is costing taxpayers and how wide Mueller’s scope of inquiry really is, Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said it was beyond time that we apply some public oversight to this ongoing threat to democracy.
“The Mueller special counsel investigation is growing with seemingly little concern about costs to the taxpayer,” said Fitton. “Is the Justice Department hiding basic budget information about the Mueller special counsel operation because taxpayers and Congress would be outraged by the costs? ”
Fitton is filing a Freedom of Information Act suit against the DOJ to find out what those costs really are, and we’re certain that the Justice Department will not be in any hurry to respond to the inquiry. This has, after all, been a request four months in the waiting already; Fitton originally asked for the budget back at the beginning of July. So far, there’s been no answer.
“Mr. Mueller is not above the law and he shouldn’t be able to keep his budget secret,” said Fitton. “No one else in D.C. seems to be providing oversight of the Mueller juggernaut, so once again it is up to the citizens group Judicial Watch to go to court and demand accountability.”
Even if the courts force the DOJ to comply with this request, it won’t necessarily give us a clear window into the scope of Mueller’s investigation. It will, however, give us more information than we know right now. First, it will tell us how much money we’re wasting on this wild goose chase, which apparently has more to do with old money laundering schemes and Michael Flynn’s dealings with Turkey than with the Trump campaign’s collusion with Russia. That’s a problem right there, and it would be nice to know how much taxpayer money is being flushed down the drain.
Second, a look at the budget could tell us just how open-ended this investigation really is. How long is Mueller’s leash, anyway? How many nooks and crannies does he have the authorization to peer into? How much money are we throwing at this guy so he can subvert the will of the American people using every legal tool at his disposal? There comes a time when enough is enough. This isn’t the Soviet Union. We have a right to know what our government is up to, especially when it is beginning to look and sound more and more like an FBI coup of the rightfully-elected President of the United States!