Rusty Bowers: The Arizona House speaker who resisted Trump’s pressure campaign testifies at the January 6 hearing on Tuesday

Bowers will join Georgia election officials – Brad Raffensperger and Gabe Sterling – who will be part of a panel before the committee on Jan. 6 detailing Trump’s campaign to force states to void their certified election results.
Bowers, who backed Trump’s 2020 re-election bid, refused to bow to intimidation and tried to get him to support the legislature’s efforts to decertify Biden’s victory in Arizona.
He previously described how Trump and then-President’s attorney Rudy Giuliani called him after the 2020 election to convince him to somehow involve the legislature in the process of state certification before sending its presidential electors to Congress.

Last year, Bowers also dismissed some of his fellow Arizona Republicans’ more extreme election ideas, including a resolution to mostly debunked fraud allegations that called for the nullification of election results in three Arizona counties.

In February, the Republican president used parliamentary maneuvering to effectively condemn a GOP bill that would have overhauled the Arizona election, including giving the state legislature the power to overrule election results it does not want. did not like.

Tuesday’s hearing will be the fourth this month for the January 6 panel.

Rep. Zoe Lofgren, a California Democrat, later confirmed CNN’s reporting of Bowers’ testimony during an interview with CNN’s Jim Acosta on “Newsroom.”

“That’s my understanding,” Lofgren said, adding that she wanted to hear “the truth” from those testifying.

“These individuals are Republicans. They voted for Trump. They, you know, supported him,” she said. “But they wouldn’t do the illegal things he asked them to do. So we expect to hear in detail the pressure that was put on them and why they followed the law instead of the pressure.”

Raffensperger, the Republican secretary of state from Georgia, resisted Trump’s efforts in an infamous January 2021 phone call to pressure him to “find” the votes needed for the president of the era wins Georgia. Last month, he fended off a Trump-backed arch-enemy as he sought a second term.

Sterling, Raffensperger’s deputy, publicly pleaded in December 2020 for Trump to speak out against the harassment and threats election officials and workers have faced.

This story has been updated with additional background information.

CNN’s Veronica Stracqualursi and Sarah Fortinsky contributed to this report.

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