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Trump rips Arizona Republican ahead of public testimony to Jan. 6 panel

Former President Trump on Tuesday ripped Arizona state House Speaker Rusty Bowers (R), who is set to testify in front of the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021 Capitol riot later in the day with other Georgia officials. 

“Arizona Speaker of the House Rusty Bowers is the latest [Republican in name only] to play along with the Unselect Committee,” Trump said in a statement issued through his Save America PAC, claiming that Bowers told him following the 2020 election that he would have lost his election if not for the former president.

Bowers is set to testify along with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (R) and his chief operating officer Gabriel Sterling in the House select committee’s first panel as lawmakers seek to show Trump’s pressure campaign on state officials to overturn the 2020 election results.  

The Arizona state House Speaker refused efforts to overturn the 2020 election results in Arizona, among a slew of battleground states that Trump lost, despite calls from Trump and Rudy Giuliani. He later survived a recall attempt in his state.

In February, the Arizona Republican effectively doomed a bill that would have allowed primary or general election results to be rejected by the state’s legislature.

“For somebody to say we have plenary authority to overthrow a vote of the people for something we think may have happened, where is [the evidence]?’’ Bowers told Capitol Media Services at the time. 

He would later be named one of five recipients of the 2022 John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award for “their courage to protect and defend democracy”; other awardees include select committee vice chair Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) and former Georgia election worker Wandrea Arshaye Moss, who is also testifying with the committee later Tuesday. 

Trump’s remarks come as he continues to weigh in on the Jan. 6 hearings, baselessly reiterating false election fraud claims and bashing former officials such as former Vice President Pence and former Attorney General Bill Barr.

They also come amid speculation over whether or not the former president will run for reelection in 2024, a potential bid that the hearings could pose a threat to.

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