Live coverage: Arizona Speaker Rusty Bowers offers dramatic testimony on Trump election

Former President Trump’s role in pushing state officials to bypass election requirements and aid him in claiming victory will take center stage on Tuesday afternoon for the fourth hearing from the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the US Capitol.

“We’ll be taking a close look at how the president and his allies came up with these schemes to pressure Republican-controlled legislatures and other state officials to reverse the certification of his electoral loss,” a committee aid told reporters on Monday.

Follow The Hill’s live coverage below:

Arizona Speaker said Giuliani told him there was no evidence of election fraud

2:05 p.m.

Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowers (R) on Tuesday said he repeatedly pressed Rudy Giuliani for proof of his claims of election fraud after the 2020 election, but that Giuliani failed to produce any.

“My recollection, he said, ‘We’ve got lots of theories, we just don’t have the evidence,’” Bowers told the Jan. 6 House committee at Tuesday’s hearing.

“And I don’t know if that was a gaffe or maybe he didn’t think through what he said, but both myself and others in my group… both remember that specifically, and afterwards we kind of laughed about it,” Bowers added .

Bowers recalled a meeting with Giuliani and Jenna Ellis, who were representing then-President Trump after the 2020 election as they sought to challenge and overturn the election results in certain states Trump lost.

Bowers said he asked the two for proof of their claims that dead people had voted in large numbers, then asked for names and how the individuals in question voted. But the two did not produce the evidence they had promised, Bowers said.

Mick Mulvaney, who served as Trump’s acting chief of staff for roughly a year, took a swipe at Giuliani over Bowers’ testimony.

“That, ladies and gentlemen, was the head of the President’s legal team,” Mulvaney tweeted.

Brett Samuels

Rusty Bowers under oath denies Trump claim on call

1:56 p.m.

Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowers (R) refuted former President Trump’s description of a phone call that took place between the two men after the 2020 presidential election, telling the Jan. 6 select committee at Tuesday’s public hearing “that certainly isn’t it.”

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) began Bowers’ in-person testimony by asking him about a phone call that took place between Bowers and Trump after the 2020 presidential election.

Trump, in a statement Tuesday morning, said Bowers “told me that the election was rigged and that I won Arizona.”

Bowers denied that description under oath on Tuesday.

“I did have a conversation with the president, that certainly isn’t it. But, there were parts of it that are true, but there are parts that are not, sir,” Bowers told Schiff when asked if he had such a conversation with Trump.

Pressed on if he did, indeed, tell Trump that the election was rigged and that he actually won the race, Bowers testified that he has never made such a statement.

“Anywhere, anyone, anytime has said that I said that the election was rigged, that would not be true,” Bowers said.

“And when the former president in his statement today claimed that you told him that he won Arizona, is that also false?” Schiff asked.

“That is also false,” Bowers replied.

— Mychael Schnell

Michigan lawmaker says he got 4K texts after Trump posted his number on Facebook

1:43 p.m.

Michigan state Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R) said he received thousands of text messages urging him to overturn the state’s 2020 election results after former President Trump posted his personal phone number on Facebook.

In a video presentation outlining the pressure campaign Trump and his allies carried out on state-level officials to change their respective election results in Trump’s favor, the Jan. 6 committee highlighted a Facebook post after the election in which Trump urged his supporters to contact Michigan leaders and posted Shirkey’s phone number.

“All I remember is receiving over, just shy of, 4,000 text messages over a short period of time calling to take action,” Shirkey said in closed-door deposition presented Tuesday.

“It was a loud noise. Loud consistent cadence of, ‘We hear that the Trump folks are calling and asking for changes in electors and you guys can do this,’” Shirkey added. “They were believing things that were untrue.”

Shirkey was invited to the White House after the 2020 election along with the Michigan House Speaker as Trump pushed them to appoint alternate electors to the Electoral College who would vote in favor of Trump instead of now-President Biden, who won the state by tens of thousands of votes.

Shirkey told the committee he relayed to Trump that he would follow the law.

The committee highlighted other officials in Michigan and Georgia who were harassed at their homes after Trump and his allies spread false claims that the vote tallies in those states were fraudulent.

Brett Samuels

Trump lawyers may have discussed alternate electors idea before election

1:38 p.m.

Lawyers associated with President Trump discussed getting states to send alternate electors in favor of him as early as days before the 2020 election, according to new testimony presented on Tuesday

Cleta Mitchell, a lawyer who worked with Trump allies to overturn the 2020 election results, was asked when she remembers the idea coming up for the first time.

“Right after the election. It might’ve been before the election,” Mitchell told the committee in closed-door testimony that was aired during Tuesday’s hearing.

The committee obtained an email from Mitchell two days after the 2020 election in which Mitchell asked another lawyer, John Eastman, to draft a memo justifying the idea of ​​having states Trump lose appoint an alternative slate of electors that would vote in favor of Trump at the Election College Gathering.

But the idea fell flat with Republican state leaders in Michigan, Georgia and Arizona, who said it would be unconstitutional or a violation of state law.

Brett Samuels

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

1:03 p.m.

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.

Caroline Vakil

How Brad Raffensperger stood up to Trump

11:59 a.m.

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (R) will testify before the House Jan. 6 committee on Tuesday afternoon in what could be another revelatory hearing on the events leading up to the attack on the US Capitol.

Raffensperger, 67, will likely offer insights into how he challenged Trump’s efforts to pressure him into overturning the 2020 election results in his state.

Fulton County in Georgia agreed to a special grand jury to investigate the pressure campaign, which centers on a January 2021 phone call in which Trump asked Raffensperger to “find” enough votes to reverse President Biden’s victory in the key swing state.

For resisting Trump, Raffensperger was scorned by Trump allies and seemingly faced an uphill climb in his reelection campaign.

Brad Dress

Who is Shaye Moss, former Georgia elections worker to testify before Jan. 6 panel?

9:19 a.m.

A former Georgia elections worker is set to testify before the House select committee on Tuesday as it seeks to show former President Trump’s pressure campaign on state officials to overturn the 2020 presidential election results and his role in the riot.

That official, former Fulton County, Ga., elections worker Wandrea “Shaye” Mosswill appear before the committee during its second panel.

She received death threats after being accused of counting ballots for then-candidate Joe Biden multiple times in addition to counting fraudulent ballots, becoming a target of Trump and his allies.

The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum noted that she was forced to go into hiding and have her appearance changed due to the number of death threats she received, though she continued on with her work.

Caroline Vakil

Jan. 6 panel subpoenas filmmaker with access to Trump family

9:16 a.m.

The House select committee is testing new sources for information on Trumphis children and former Vice President Mike Pence, issuing a subpoena to a documentary filmmaker.

The subpoena to Alex Holder, first obtained by Politicoasks not only for footage he captured as the Capitol riot was unfolding, but also interviews he conducted from September 2020 and onward as he documented Trump’s reelection campaign.

Rebecca Betsch

Get caught up while you’re waiting for the hearing to begin

9 a.m.

Tuesday afternoon’s hearing is scheduled to begin at 1 pm Get caught up on the latest developments while you’re waiting.

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