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Steven Senne / AP

20 state attorneys general penned a letter calling for an independent special counsel to probe Russian interference into the election, as Reuters first reported. This adds to the many calls around Capitol Hill to appoint a special prosecutor in charge of the probe after Trump fired FBI Director James Comey.

They agree that the situation was a "violation of the public trust" and they say it is an attempt by the administration "to derail and delegitimize the investigation." Plus, they want to know if this is a cover-up: "The residents of our states and the American people deserve a thorough investigation that makes clear the extent of Russian meddling, any collusion by Trump campaign officials, and any cover-up."

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