Arizona House Speaker Russell “Rusty” Bowers (R) on Tuesday told the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection that he resisted repeated overtures from President Donald Trump and his allies to change his state’s 2020 presidential election results because he saw no evidence supporting Trump’s claims of fraud and didn’t want to be “used as a pawn.”
Georgia state officials also testified, including Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (R), whom Trump asked to “find” enough votes to flip the election in that state, and his deputy, Gabe Sterling. During his testimony, Raffensperger debunked multiple claims of fraud that Trump used to pressure him. The committee also heard from Shaye Moss, a Georgia election worker who was wrongly accused of committing election fraud by Trump and his allies. She was subject to vile attacks as a result.
The hearing also revealed that Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) offered to deliver fake electors to Vice President Mike Pence. The committee showed text messages between a staffer for Johnson and a staffer for Pence just minutes before the beginning of the joint session of Congress to count the electoral votes on Jan. 6.