Arizona Republican Party Censures State House Speaker Rusty Bowers Over His Testimony to House Jan. 6 Committee

The Arizona Republican Party formally censured State House Speaker Rusty Bowers who testified to the House Jan. 6 Committee about former President Donald Trump’s efforts to overturn the 2020 election.

In the censure resolution released on July 19, the executive committee of the Arizona Republican Party claimed that Bowers “has not been forthright in his interactions between others in legislative leadership, Republican leadership, his dealings with Maricopa County bureaucrats, lobbyists, consultants, the liberal media.”

“Bowers has lost the confidence of a majority of Republican Party leaders and his colleagues in the legislature in the State of Arizona… has demonstrated he is unfit to serve the platform of the Republican Party,” the censure resolution further said.

Bowers testified publicly on June 21 to the House Select Committee investigating the Capitol riot, telling the panel how Trump led a pressure campaign to get him to say that the state election results were “rigged.”

“Anyone, anywhere, anytime I said the election was rigged, that would not be true,” Bowers told the Committee.

Bowers also recalled a conversation with Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani who claimed that he had evidence of voter fraud in Arizona, but the evidence never materialized.

Bowers spoke about how his Christian faith motivated him to defy Trump and described how Trump supporters showed up at his home and made threats to his safety.

Last week, Bowers told Deseret News that Trump “doesn’t represent my party.”

“He doesn’t represent the morals and the platform of my party. And I just see it more and more all the time. That guy is just — he’s his own party. It’s a party of intimidation and I don’t like it,” Bowers said.

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