December 19, 2019

WTSP: Impeachment 101: Answering Your Questions on the Impeachment Process

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QUESTION: How much money is the impeachment process costing taxpayers?

ANSWER: We don’t know. There have been a handful of efforts to try and calculate the cost to taxpayers, but it’s complicated when looking at staff hours spent on impeachment because staff would have been paid their salaries regardless. “I don’t know of anyone who has tried to assess the cost of the impeachment process, and it actually seems like a pretty odd thing to try to measure,” Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy Senior Fellow Matt Gardner said in an email to 10News. Some reports estimated that the investigation and impeachment of former President Bill Clinton cost as much as $50 million, however that investigation took much longer than the Trump impeachment process.

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