‘I will follow the Constitution’: Bowers to testify before Jan. 6 panel about pressure to overturn 2020 results

The Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on Capitol Hill holds hearings on June 9, 2022 in Washington, DC. The bipartisan committee, which has been gathering evidence related to the January 6 attack at the U.S. Capitol for almost a year, is presenting its findings in a series of televised hearings. On January 6, 2021, supporters of the former president attacked the Capitol Building in an attempt to disrupt a congressional vote to confirm the electoral college win for Joe Biden. MANDEL NGAN-POOL/GETTY IMAGES

By Mary Jo Pitzl |Arizona Republic

Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowers will testify Tuesday before the U.S. House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.

The committee wants Bowers to talk about the pressure he got from President Trump and his allies to overturn the results of Arizona’s 2020 presidential election.

The hearing is scheduled to convene at 10 a.m. Arizona time.

“He’s been called to appear before the committee on Tuesday and plans to do so,” Bowers’ spokesman, Andrew Wilder, said.

He confirmed that Bowers had been subpoenaed by the panel. 

Bowers supported Trump in the 2020 election. Bowers will appear with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and his deputy, Gabe Sterling, according to CNN. It is unclear if there will be other witnesses.

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The select committee will examine the pressure exerted on local and state officials to reject election returns that showed Joe Biden won the presidency.

Trump called Raffensperger in the wake of his loss in Georgia, telling him to find Trump just enough votes to put him in the win column. Raffensperger defended the results.

In late November 2020, while Arizona’s vote was counted but not yet certified, Bowers got a call from the White House. It was Trump and attorney Rudy Giuliani, telling him Arizona had a law that would allow the Legislature to pick the slate of presidential electors, overriding the choice made by voters.

Bowers, R-Mesa, said he had never heard of that law and asked for proof. He was skeptical of the proposition and questioned how such a maneuver could be constitutional. The proof never arrived, despite assurances it would.

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