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    The United States approaches a constitutional crisis as the Special Counsel Robert Mueller's ongoing investigation into Russia's alleged interference in the 2016 US election and ties to the Trump campaign enters a new stage, US Congresswoman Maxine Waters said in an interview on Friday.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — On Thursday, the Wall Street Journal reported that Mueller impaneled a grand jury to investigate Russia's alleged meddling in 2016 elections and ties to the campaign of President Donald Trump.

    Trump has denied his campaign colluded with Russia. Moreover, Russian officials have repeatedly refuted claims Moscow interfered in the US election, calling the allegations absurd and intended to defocus public attention from actual instances of election fraud and corruption as well as other domestic issues.

    "I have my hopes in Mueller, as most people do," Waters told MSNBC. "I think he is going to connect the dots. And I think we are nearing a constitutional crisis."

    US President Donald Trump denounced the recent development as an effort "to cheat" the American people "out of the leadership" during a rally in Huntington, West Virginia, reiterating that the narrative of his "collusion" with Russia is nothing but a total fabrication.

    In May 2017, former FBI chief Mueller was appointed as special counsel to oversee the Justice Department's inquiry into "any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump, and any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation." 

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