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Here’s how much Trump’s four-month spectacle impeachment is costing taxpayers

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Democrats may be lamenting the way the impeachment of President Donald Trump has turned out, but Americans should be the ones who are crying foul after the four-month spectacle.

The partisan attempt by Democrats to remove the president from office, an effort essentially begun as soon as he was sworn in three years ago, has culminated in what is all but a failed impeachment process set to end next week with an expected acquittal. And it was all orchestrated on the taxpayer’s dime.

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The Heritage Foundation estimated in December that the cost for the impeachment inquiry and the charges brought against the president on December 18 of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress cost Americans $3.06 million, Fox Business reported.

This price tag included the hourly fees paid to the six attorneys who appeared during impeachment hearings as well as the salaries of 106 congressional staffers. These members of the House Intelligence Committee, the Judiciary Committee, and the Oversight and Reform Committee spent from Sept. 24 to Dec. 13 focused on the impeachment.

While it is an eyebrow-raising figure, and does not include the cost of the trial held in the Senate, it is significantly lower than the price of the impeachment investigation and trial of former President Bill Clinton which cost taxpayers $80 million in 1994, according to CNN.

A legal fund set up by Clinton never covered the millions racked up by his impeachment by the time he left office. In contrast, the cost for at least two of the president’s private attorneys will be paid for by the Republican National Committee.

The RNC is expected to pay Trump’s lead lawyer, Jay Sekulow, and attorney Jane Raskin through to the end of the trial this month and has already reportedly covered $225,000 for services through November.

According to Fox Business:

Because Trump is on trial as a result of his holding office, he’s allowed to use his campaign or party coffers to pay his bills. His legal team also includes Harvard professor Alan Dershowitz (who has said he won’t accept payment for his work), former independent counsel Ken Starr, who led the Clinton investigation; and former Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi.

 

The success of fundraising by the RNC and Trump’s campaign committees last year left $194.8 million in the bank after bringing in a combined total of combined $463.6 million, according to Fox Business.

Donors “are tuning out the Democrats’ politically motivated impeachment charade and turning out for the president and his record of results,” RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel told Fox News.

The final Senate vote of 51-49 on Friday shot down a weeks-long Democratic effort to hear witnesses and set the stage for a final vote to acquit the president next week.

Frieda Powers

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