Rusty Bowers: Arizona House speaker, who resisted Trump pressure campaign, testifying at January 6 hearing Tuesday
This past year, Bowers also shot down some of his fellow Arizona Republicans’ more extreme election ideas, including a resolution of mostly debunked claims of fraud that called for the election results to be set aside in three Arizona counties.
Tuesday’s hearing will be the fourth this month for the January 6 committee.
Rep. Zoe Lofgren, a California Democrat, later confirmed CNN’s reporting about Bowers testifying during an interview with CNN’s Jim Acosta on “Newsroom.”
“That’s my understanding,” Lofgren said, adding she wanted to hear “the truth” from those testifying.
“These individuals are Republicans. They voted for Trump. They are, you know, supported him,” she said. “But they wouldn’t do illegal things that he asked them to do. So we expect to hear in some detail about the pressure that was placed on them and why they were true to the law instead of the pressure.”
Raffensperger, Georgia’s Republican Secretary of State, resisted Trump’s efforts during an infamous January 2021 phone call to pressure him to “find” the votes necessary for the then-President to win Georgia. Last month, he fended off a Trump-backed primary foe as he seeks a second term in office.
This story has been updated with additional background information.
CNN’s Veronica Stracqualursi and Sarah Fortinsky contributed to this report.