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How much is the Mueller investigation costing? (updated)

President Donald Trump has periodically taken shots at the cost of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russia’s impact on the 2016 presidential election. A new document released by the Justice Department details just how much it has cost – and it isn’t as high as the $40 million that Trump has alleged. Here’s a rundown. Looking at direct costs only The Mueller investigation is being funded through mandatory spending, which essentially means it is set up to be free of executive branch influence.

How much is the Mueller investigation costing? (updated)

President Donald Trump has periodically taken shots at the cost of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russia’s impact on the 2016 presidential election. A new document released by the Justice Department details just how much it has cost – and it isn’t as high as the $40 million that Trump has alleged. Here’s a rundown. Looking at direct costs only The Mueller investigation is being funded through mandatory spending, which essentially means it is set up to be free of executive branch influence.

PolitiFact’s 2018 Lie of the Year coverage

Here are links and summaries of our 2018 Lie of the Year coverage. The 2018 Lie of the Year: Online smear machine tries to take down Parkland students. Read our special report on how attacks after the Florida school shooting were the most significant falsehoods of the year. We documented how attacks on the Parkland students set off a shared outrage in nearly all political corners. Lie of the Year Readers’ Poll results. Every year, our readers pick their most significant fact-check out of a list of finalists.

PolitiFact’s 2018 Lie of the Year coverage

Here are links and summaries of our 2018 Lie of the Year coverage. The 2018 Lie of the Year: Online smear machine tries to take down Parkland students. Read our special report on how attacks after the Florida school shooting were the most significant falsehoods of the year. We documented how attacks on the Parkland students set off a shared outrage in nearly all political corners. Lie of the Year Readers’ Poll results. Every year, our readers pick their most significant fact-check out of a list of finalists.

Why PolitiFact doesn’t use the word ‘lie’ — except once a year

Editor's note: PolitiFact Editor Angie Drobnic Holan wrote this column for the media news website Poynter.org. You might expect a website that fact-checks American politics to use the word “lie” a lot. But at PolitiFact, we don’t. We use the word lie once a year, when we consider a year’s worth of fact-checking and pick one falsehood that we consider the most egregious. We call it the Lie of the Year, and we’ve named one every December since 2009. This year’s Lie of the Year was the online smears against the Parkland students. The rest of the time we avoid the word lie.

Why PolitiFact doesn’t use the word ‘lie’ — except once a year

Editor's note: PolitiFact Editor Angie Drobnic Holan wrote this column for the media news website Poynter.org. You might expect a website that fact-checks American politics to use the word “lie” a lot. But at PolitiFact, we don’t. We use the word lie once a year, when we consider a year’s worth of fact-checking and pick one falsehood that we consider the most egregious. We call it the Lie of the Year, and we’ve named one every December since 2009. This year’s Lie of the Year was the online smears against the Parkland students. The rest of the time we avoid the word lie.

Fact-checking Trump, Pelosi and Schumer’s White House fight over the border wall, shutdown

President Donald Trump and Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer sparred before news cameras over the effectiveness of a southern border wall, at times fact-checking and speaking over one another. While all three leaders said they wanted border security, there was clearly no consensus over how much money they would set aside for Trump’s barrier. Trump said he would be “proud to shut down the government for border security.” Vice President Mike Pence was there, too, looking on from his seat between Trump and Pelosi in silence.

Fact-checking Trump, Pelosi and Schumer’s White House fight over the border wall, shutdown

President Donald Trump and Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer sparred before news cameras over the effectiveness of a southern border wall, at times fact-checking and speaking over one another. While all three leaders said they wanted border security, there was clearly no consensus over how much money they would set aside for Trump’s barrier. Trump said he would be “proud to shut down the government for border security.” Vice President Mike Pence was there, too, looking on from his seat between Trump and Pelosi in silence.

A look back at Lie of the Year, 2009 to 2017

PolitiFact awards the Lie of the Year to the most significant falsehood or exaggeration of the past 12 months. Here’s a look back at the past nine years of “winners.” 2017: Russian election interference is a 'made-up story' President Donald Trump repeatedly insisted that Russia did not interfere in the U.S. elections of 2016. In fact, in both classified and public reports, U.S. intelligence agencies said Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered actions to interfere with the election.

The Trump file: Trump's 10 top falsehoods of 2018

President Donald Trump has twice garnered PolitiFact’s Lie of the Year “prize.” Readers argued that he was again worthy of the recognition. Readers selected his Pants on Fire comment about Democrats wanting to “invite caravan after caravan” of immigrants into the country with a swath of free benefits and voting privileges as the year’s most outrageous claim.

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