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Watch: Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowers testifying at Jan. 6 hearings

Jun 21, 2022, 9:55 AM | Updated: 10:03 am

Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowers is scheduled to testify Tuesday when the House Jan. 6 hearings resume on Capitol Hill.

The session is set to begin at 10 a.m. Arizona time.

Bowers and election officials from other states are to appear before the congressional committee in the fourth public hearing on the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection this month.

The Arizona Republican is expected to discuss the pressure he faced to overturn state results — requests from President Donald Trump advisers that Bowers on Monday called “juvenile” and “horrendous.”

In an interview with the Associated Press after arriving in Washington ahead of the hearing, Bowers said he is expected to be asked about a call with Trump during which lawyer Rudy Giuliani floated an idea to replace Arizona’s electors with those who would vote for Trump.

Bowers also revealed a second phone call with Trump in December 2020 that he said was mainly small talk, although Trump also referenced their first conversation.

Bowers and Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., the Jan. 6 panel’s vice chair, were among the recipients of this year’s John F. Kennedy Profiles in Courage award “for their courage to protect and defend democracy.”

The select committee also plans to untangle the elaborate “fake electors” scheme that sought to have representatives in as many as seven battlegrounds — Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Nevada and New Mexico — sign certificates falsely stating that Trump, not Democratic nominee Joe Biden, had won their states.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Watch: Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowers testifying at Jan. 6 hearings