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Arizona Republican resists Trump's election lies

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Arizona's House speaker Rusty Bowers, a Republican, is among a series of state election officials who testified before the congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection where Trump backers tried to stop the certification of President Joe Biden's victory. The committee's first few hearings focused on Trump's pressure campaign to thwart Biden's victory – aimed at state election officials, at the Justice Department and finally at Vice President Mike Pence. The president's pressure ramped up as courts rejected dozens of lawsuits and after the states certified the electors in mid-December. Bowers testified about phone calls from Trump and his allies asking him to decertify Arizona's legitimate electors and replace them. Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger also told the Jan. 6 panel about the now-infamous phone call when Trump asked officials there to "find 11,780" votes. "You are asking me to do something against my oath, and I will not break my oath," Bowers said he told Trump and his allies. He recalled lawyer John Eastman, a chief architect of Trump's plan to create slates of fake electors, telling him to "just do it and let the courts sort it out." Bowers said he repeatedly asked Trump's team for evidence of the widespread fraud they were claiming, but they never provided it. Raffensperger said his team investigated all of Trump's claims and went down every "rabbit hole," finding nothing. But Trump wouldn't accept it.


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