One of the witnesses who spoke in the Wednesday House January 6 Select Committee hearing was State Representative Rusty Bowers. He indicated that prior to the failed coup at the U.S. Capitol Building Donald Trump already had a pot of trouble brewing.
Bowers said that Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani told him, according to The Washington Post:
‘We’ve got lots of theories we just don’t have the evidence.’
Bowers has been held up as an example for other potential witnesses. Then, he explained why he would not flip the election, even though he had voted for Trump in both presidential elections. MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell likened Bowers to the star of the iconic movie Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.
A Columbia journalist Darrel Rowlan tweeted:
‘I will follow the Constitution’: AZ GOP House Speaker Rusty Bowers to testify before Jan 6 panel Tuesday about pressure from Donald Trump, Rudy Giuliani to overturn 2020 results showing Joe Biden won.’
The Senior Writer at CNN Business Jeanne Sahadi tweeted:
‘Worth listening or reading every clearly spoken word of Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowers’ testimony to the Jan. 6 committee today. They represent integrity and devotion to the rule of election laws. Here’s some background on Bowers, who is a Republican.’
Political analyst Shulamit Lahat wrote:
‘Witnesses: Two GOP elections officials from Georgia, Secretary of State Raffensperger, a Republican, and Gabriel Sterling, chief operating officer for the secretary of state’s office, as well as Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowers, also a Republican.’
Senior Political Writer for The Vice Cameron Joseph tweeted:
‘Trump’s coup attempt could have been successful if he’d been able to bully enough local GOP lawmakers into going along with it. Arizona GOP House Speaker Rusty Bowers testified Tuesday how he withstood Trump’s extraordinary pressure campaign. Tuesday how he withstood Trump’s extraordinary pressure campaign.’
‘I’ve rarely agreed with Rusty Bowers but he deserves credit for standing up for democracy. MAGA Republicans in Arizona were ready to stage a coup. Today’s hearing reveals yet another example of just how far Trump and his cronies were willing to go to overthrow our government.’
Then, he added:
‘Speaker Bowers and I will never agree on most politics but I hope I can raise my son to have the same integrity as he does.’
A biographer of Trump, Tim O’Brien said:
‘Rusty Bowers continues to show what differentiated him (and continues to differentiate him from Giuliani and Trump: They asked him to break the law and be a good Republican. He repeatedly told them that observing the law and his oath to the Constitution and his state came first.’
And finally, MSNBC Contributor and former U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan, Barbara McQuade, wrote:
‘Appreciating the public service of Arizona Speaker of the House Rusty Bowers. He refused to go along with Trump’s pressure campaign to overturn his state’s election results just because they were “all Republicans here.” We should expect no less from all public officials.’
CBS News reported that Bowers noted:
‘[A] tenet of my faith is that the Constitution is divinely inspired [and what they wanted was] foreign to my very being.’
The Los Angeles Times tweeted:
‘Republican state legislators and elected officials detailed Tuesday the intense pressure they faced from President Trump and his lawyers to subvert the will of voters. “I will not break my oath,” Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowers said in response.’
Republican state legislators and elected officials detailed Tuesday the intense pressure they faced from President Trump and his lawyers to subvert the will of voters.
— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) June 21, 2022
The next hearing is Thursday at 1:00 pm EDT.
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