ATLANTA -- Running for Congress in a special election, Republican Karen Handel says she’s "encouraged" by the appointment of a special counsel to investigate Russia and the Trump campaign. She faces Democrat Jon Ossoff in the sixth congressional district runoff next month.

"I’m encouraged by that," Handel said in a brief interview with 11Alive News Thursday. "Now we have investigations through the House, the Senate, the FBI and the special counsel. What’s most important is, let’s move expeditiously and thoroughly to get the facts on the table for all of us, and then we can move forward."

Handel says an investigation into President Trump’s campaign and its alleged ties to Russia needs to be credible. "And if that’s what it’s going to take, to put I guess some confidence in what the process is going to be in terms of the investigation then I’m all for that."

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Handel is running in a district that barely supported Donald Trump in November. Yet last month, she embraced him politically when he agreed to headline a fundraiser on her behalf.

She was asked if she agreed with Trump supporters who believe the investigation has been the work of Trump's political enemies, and the news media.

"I don’t know any more than what I get to read in the paper so again, I think what’s most important is let’s get the facts on the table, and not get caught up in innuendo and anonymous this and leaks on that," Handel said.

Democrat Jon Ossoff was unavailable but his campaign referred us to a tweet he sent last week that said “there should be bipartisan support for a special prosecutor to investigate Russian interference.”