An influential House Democrat says more troops in Afghanistan won't help solve the nation's problems, which stem from rampant corruption.

Appearing on MSNBC's Morning Joe, Harman said the U.S. should address election fraud and political corruption first.

"Our presence ongoing needs to be to help develop the country and insist on effective government, not to throw more U.S. troops and NATO troops at the problem," she said. "I predict that will not work."

House Democrats have resisted sending more troops to the troubled region, despite reports that military officials think the U.S. needs a bigger presence.

Harman, who was once the top ranking Democrat on the Intelligence Committee and is now an influential member of the House Homeland Security Committee, said  more troops won't help unless the country's political corruption is addressed.

The U.S. should work on "correcting this drastically flawed election, and number two insisting that there be some unity government with transparent processes that delivers services to its citizens is the right place to start," she said.