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Does Sen. Martha McSally think foreign influence is OK?

Nov 01, 2019

Would she solicit foreign help to get elected?

Senator Martha McSally (R-AZ) refuses to condemn President Trump’s solicitation of foreign interference in our elections. McSally’s reluctance to denounce Trump’s actions draws into question whether she would welcome foreign assistance and interference in her own campaign.

“Arizonans deserve to know if Senator McSally thinks it is ok to ask a foreign government to intervene in an American election,” said End Citizens United President Tiffany Muller. “Foreign interference in our elections is wrong, plain and simple. It’s a threat to the integrity of our elections. Arizonans need a leader who will give them a straight answer and refuse to accept foreign interference in American elections.”

In recent interviews, Martha McSally refused to give an answer:

CNN: “When asked by 12 News KPNX if she thought Democrats had a case, McSally said there was a lot of ‘partisan bickering going on’ in Congress, citing comments from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, a California Democrat who is among those leading the impeachment inquiry. […] McSally was also asked if she thought it was OK for a Trump to ‘solicit help from a foreign leader to research a political opponent’ but appeared to dodge the question.”

Arizona Republic: “When asked repeatedly if Trump acted appropriately by asking foreign powers to interfere in a U.S. election by encouraging them to investigate a rival, McSally repeatedly bypassed the question.”

Associated Press: “Republican U.S. Sen. Martha McSally of Arizona declined to say Monday whether she’s troubled by President Donald Trump’s efforts to get foreign governments to investigate his political rival.”

KJZZ: “Arizona Republican Sen. Martha McSally continues not to criticize President Trump over his phone call with the president of Ukraine […] She wouldn’t say whether she thought President Trump’s statements on the phone call with the Ukrainian president were appropriate or not.