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    Special Counsel Vital in Trump-Russia Probe as Allegations Get Ahead of Facts

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    The appointment of former FBI Director Robert Mueller as a special prosecutor in the investigation of Russia's alleged interference in the US elections and ties to President Donald Trump is crucial as speculations mount without clear evidence, Senator Susan Collins said on Thursday.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Collins stressed that a separate ongoing Senate Intelligence Committee investigation into Russia should continue its course as well.

    "I worry that allegations and speculations are getting ahead of the facts," Collins told MSNBC. "We have a lot of anonymous sources, we have a memo that no one has seen but it's been read from, and that's why we need special counsel to take care of criminal aspects."

    On Wednesday night, Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein appointed Mueller as special prosecutor to investigate Trump and his aides' alleged dealings with the Russian government before the 2016 presidential election.

    The White House and Moscow have denied the accusations. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov has said Moscow did not have official contacts with Trump's team during the presidential campaign.



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