GOP congresswoman refuses 6 times in 2 minutes to say election interference is wrong


Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) refused to say whether or not she thinks it's ok for a president to ask foreign leaders to interfere in U.S. elections.

On Wednesday morning, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) repeatedly refused to whether pressuring a foreign leader to interfere in an election is wrong.

In a video from the progressive group Move On, McMorris Rodgers is asked six separate times some variation of the question, "Do you think it's ok for the president to pressure foreign governments to interfere in our elections?"

McMorris Rodgers, who served as the House Republican Conference chair from 2013 until 2019, refused to respond, at one time putting her phone to her ear.

After almost two minutes, McMorris Rodgers escaped into a waiting elevator.

The questions McMorris Rodgers refused to answer related to recent actions taken by Donald Trump.

On a July 25 phone call, Trump asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate both the Democratic National Committee and former Vice President Joe Biden, who was at the time leading in the polls to become the 2020 Democratic presidential nominee.

The House of Representatives opened an impeachment inquiry into Trump's actions.

After the House opened the inquiry, Trump stood on the White House lawn and asked both Ukraine and China to investigate Biden.

McMorris Rodgers is not alone in refusing to answer whether or not is it acceptable for the president to request foreign interference in a campaign.

Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner, a Republican who has already endorsed Trump's 2020 campaign, made headlines for refusing to answer the same question in mid-October.

Arizona's Sen. Martha McSally similarly refused to answer the question.

While some Republicans may refuse to answer the question, more than 4 in 5 Americans polled said asking foreign governments for help in an election is wrong.

Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.