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Opinion: It actually costs a lot of money to investigate a president. Who knew?

Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III on June 21, 2017.
(Saul Loeb / AFP/Getty Images)

To the editor: Defenders of President Trump are complaining about the $7 million special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation has cost. (“President Trump seeks public exoneration as Democrats and Republicans battle over ending Russia probes,” Dec. 15)

In 1998, a report to Congress from the General Accounting Office estimated that special prosecutor Kenneth Starr’s three-year investigation of President Clinton cost “just shy of $30 million.” All told, the Republican Congress spent almost $80 million (or $118.7 million adjusted for inflation) investigating Clinton’s administration.

But it was worth every penny for Republicans, because they finally caught Clinton lying about sex.

According to Trump, Mueller’s investigation is just a “witch hunt,” and the FBI should instead be investigating Hillary Clinton. Could these be just two more examples of Trump’s distraction strategy?

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Clarence Treat, Glendale

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