Is he telling the truth?
Arizona Republican House Speaker Rusty Bowers denied a portrayal former President Donald Trump gave of a phone call between the two following the 2020 Presidential election. Bowers informed the Jan. 6 Select Committee that he never informed Trump that the election was rigged.
During Tuesday’s (June 21) public hearing, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA.) began Bowers’ questioning for his in-person testimony by querying the content of the phone call between Bowers and Trump in the weeks after the Presidential election.
In a statement, Trump had claimed Bowers revealed to him that “the election was rigged and that I won Arizona.”
However, when questioned about these statements, Bowers denied — under oath — making such comments to Trump.
He acknowledged having the conversation but stated Trump’s recollection “certainly isn’t it,” adding “there were parts of it that are true, but there are parts that are not.”
When Schiff pressed him about whether he gave Trump the indication the election was rigged, Bowers testified he didn’t make that statement.
In response, Bowers said, “Anywhere, anyone, anytime has said that I sai that the election was rigged, that would not be true.”
Schiff then brought up Trump’s statement, asking if the statement Trump released hours before the hearing was “also false?”
“That is also false,” Bowers replied.
Bowers’s testimony during Tuesday’s hearing was part of the panel’s focus on showcasing the role Trump played in pressuring state officials to reverse their results and keep him in power.
Bower, who received a call from Trump and attorney Rudy Giuliani, testified alongside Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and his deputy, Gabriel Sterling, and former election worker Wandrea “Shaye” Moss.