A Republican congressman from Alaska was not interested in answering any questions from activists wondering what his views were on President Donald Trump requesting foreign governments to interfere in U.S. elections.
Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska) walked down hallways of the Capitol building, followed by a couple of activists from MoveOn.org. Filming their interactions with the congressman, the activists asked whether it was appropriate for Trump to make requests of governments to investigate his rivals, referring to a phone conversation he had with Ukraine’s head of state in July and subsequent requests from China to do so toward Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.
Young did not respond to the questions. Instead, after pushing the button for an elevator, he turned to the camera, walked toward it, and lightly butted his head into the lens, the Washington Post reported.
Don Young (R-AK) headbutted the camera when asked if it’s okay for a president to ask foreign governments to interfere in our elections.
— Holly Figueroa O'Reilly (@AynRandPaulRyan) November 1, 2019
“There you go,” he said, before turning around and pressing the elevator button several times more.
An aide to young tried to quell the activists’ query. “Just asking the same question over and over again is not going to get you guys anywhere,” the aide said.
Early in October, while trying to defend against allegations he pressured Ukraine to investigate Biden and his son, Hunter, Trump said such requests were wholly appropriate, doubling down on them by saying China should also do so.
“China should start an investigation into the Bidens, because what happened in China is just about as bad as what happened with Ukraine,” Trump said at the time, the New York Times reported. There’s no evidence that either Joe or Hunter Biden engaged in nefarious activities in either Ukraine or China.
Trump isn’t unfamiliar with making such requests, even before he became president. In the 2016 race against Hillary Clinton, the Democratic nominee for president, Trump, during a speech about his opponent, seemingly asked Russia to find his opponent’s missing emails from her time at the State Department.
Trump later claimed he was joking about the request, CNN reported. But according to reporting from The Guardian, Russian hackers attempted to break into Clinton’s personal email server on the same day he made the supposedly jovial request.
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