Arizona GOP House Speaker Explains Why He’s Bowing To Trump, Giuliani

Arizona GOP House Speaker Explains Why He’s Bowing To Trump, Giuliani

Arizona GOP House Speaker Explains Why He’s Bowing To Trump, Giuliani

  • Arizona GOP House Speaker Russell Bowers gave emotional testimony about standing up to Trump.
  • Bowers said he saw no evidence forcing him to break his oath to uphold the constitution.
  • “I don’t want to be a winner by cheating. I won’t play with laws to which I have sworn allegiance,” he said.

Russell Bowers, the GOP speaker for the Arizona House of Representatives, gave emotional testimony on Tuesday about how he stood up to former President Donald Trump and Trump-affiliated attorney Rudy Giuliani.

Bowers testified at the fourth of six public hearings held by the Jan. 6 panel investigating the Capitol riot. During the hearing, it was revealed that Trump and Giuliani had pressured several officials, including Bowers, to get them to nullify the votes cast in the 2020 presidential election.

Bowers told the panel he never encountered “strong legal quality evidence” of widespread voter fraud that would have led him to “deny” his oath to uphold the constitution.

He stated that he believes the Constitution is “divinely inspired”, adding that being asked to oppose it by overthrowing the votes would have been “my own being”.

“I won’t do it,” Bowers said.

Bowers also described a conversation with Giuliani in which he said he was pressured to find ways to nullify the votes.

“I’ve never heard of anything like it,” Bowers told the panel, citing his opinion of Giuliani’s proposal. “And I said, ‘Look, you’re asking me to do something that violates my oath when I swore to uphold the Constitution, and I also swore by the Constitution and the laws of the State of Arizona.’ “

Bowers added that it was “painful” that people were turning against him with “madness” for his decision.

“I may not, in the eyes of people, have the right opinion or act according to their views or beliefs, but I do not take this current situation in a light, fearful or vindictive way,” the lawmaker said. “I don’t want to be a winner by cheating. I won’t play with laws to which I have sworn allegiance.”

Arizona was one of the states where Trump aggressively pushed his baseless theories about voter fraud. For example, Trump has consistently claimed that the recount of the votes of the Cyber ​​Ninjas in Maricopa County revealed “undeniable evidence” of fraud. However, the recount confirmed Biden defeated Trump — and by 261 more votes than were originally counted.

Last October, Trump called for another vote audit in Pima County, Arizona’s second most populous county after Maricopa.

Meanwhile, in February, Bowers blocked legislation that would allow Arizona to reverse the election results.

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