Jan. 6 News: Updates from today’s trial

For more than an hour, Rusty Bowers, a Republican who will be the Speaker of the House of Representatives in Arizona, testified on Tuesday in painful and emotional detail about the pressure campaign he faced several weeks after the November 3, 2020 election. President Donald J. Trump lost the state.

Mr. Bowers, speaking slowly, said Jan. 6, told the House Select Committee about the harassment he experienced outside his home by Trump supporters in the weeks leading up to 2021.

Speaking on the Constitution in respectful and spiritual terms, Mr. Tears welled up in Bowers’ eyes as he described how his daughter, who was seriously ill, endured some harassment outside their home. (She died in late January.)

“It was confusing,” he said. “It was confusing.”

The decision in Arizona was made by Mr. Attempt to persuade Trump to take action to reverse the passage – Joseph R. Biden Jr. won the state – Mr. Rudolf W., one of Trump and one of his lawyers. It started with the pressure of Giuliani. , Who claimed to have evidence of fraud. “Aren’t we all Republicans here? I think we will get a better reception, ”he said at one point. According to Giuliani, Mr. Bowers recalled.

Mr. Doug Ducy, Governor of the Republican Party of Arizona; Biden, Mr. After presenting the state certificate to Giuliani and an associate, Jenna Ellis, Mr. Meet with Arizona lawmakers, including Bowers, Mr. Bowers recalled. Mr. Bowers, M.S. Ellis said they had evidence of widespread voter fraud and did not provide anything.

“I said, ‘I want names. Do you have the names of voters who are said to be dead or fraudulent?'” Mr. Bowers said. “She said, ‘Yes.'”

Nothing was produced. Eventually, he recalled, Mr. Giuliani said, “We have a lot of theories. We have no evidence.

As Adam Schiff, a Democrat from California, made it clear to the President that he would not do anything illegal, Mr. Talking to Trump, Mr. Bowers recalled. Nevertheless, another lawyer advising Mr Trump, John Eastman, called Mr Bowers in early January and insisted that “we have to plan a legislative referendum to reject the election because we have every right to do so.”

Mr. Eastman, Mr. Bowers testified that he “should do it, let the courts find out all about it.”

Mr. Bowers again rejected the pressure, saying, “I took a vow – I will take it, and what you are doing is against my promise.”

Finally, he testified, Jan. On the morning of June 6, 2021, when the Electoral College vote was confirmed at a joint session of Congress, another Trump supporter, Andy Pix, a Republican from Arizona, called. Mr. Pix, Mr. Pushed him again to revoke the state voter’s certificate for Fiden.

“We have no legal way to comply with such a request,” he said. Bowers recalled what he said. He recalled his reaction when he learned that Trump advisers had put forward a plan to present “alternative” voters. “I thought of the book,‘ The Gang That Can’t Shoot Straight ’,” Mr. Bowers said.

Mr. There was a post in Powers’ personal magazine in which he said, “I do not want to be a cheat winner. I will not play with the laws I have faithfully sworn. He was called to read it as a witness.

Mr. Criticizing Bowers’ testimony in advance, Mr. He was also asked about his reaction to Trump’s statement, in which Mr. Bowers told him the election was a “fraud” and that he had won the state.

“I talked to the president,” he said. Bowers said. “It certainly isn’t.”

A moment later, he said emphatically, “Nowhere, anyone, anytime have said that I said there was electoral malpractice – it would not be true.”

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