During his testimony before the committee investigating the attack on the Capitol, the speaker of the Arizona House of Representatives didn't back down.
The man appeared. He swore to keep his word. He kept his word.
In the dark days after the 2020 presidential election, when President Donald Trump and his unquestioning lapdogs tried to pressure Bowers into decertifying Arizona's election results, he did the same thing.
The person asked for proof of election fraud. He kept asking. He didn't get anything.
Those who called themselves fellow Republicans asked him to decertify the electoral college. He was told to disobey his oath of office and the democratic premise of the country.
He didn't want to do it.
The Arizona Republican was asked about it.
Those who had direct conversations with President Trump leading up to and during the attack, and those who were involved in the planning and coordination of certain activities on and before were subpoenaed by the committee.
The committee was calledpure political theater. He said the members are looking for witches.
"Don't have the evidence, Giuliani did not show any fraud."
He said that he wouldn't be participating in the committee panel. Since its beginnings, the committee has been a farce. It's purpose is to destroy President Trump and his supporters, intimidate members of Congress, and distract Americans from real issues that are damaging this country. The committee operates with the same type of bias. Everyone is guilty of something. The witch-hunt is based on questionable media accounts.
I said at the time that a political hissy fit like that makes one wonder why Biggs is afraid of testifying.
We are now aware.
He was asked if he had been contacted by Biggs. By this time, it was clear that there was no legal reason for doing so.
He asked if I would support the decertification of the electors, and I said I wouldn't.
Arizona politicians tried to subvert democracy.
He said that there was no legal pathway for them to execute such a request.
We know that Trump had a plan to stage a coup.
Messages that Trump's chief of staff MarkMeadows turned over to the select committee show that he contacted his friend MarkMeadows, who was the head of the House's Freedom Caucus, and suggested that states with Republican-controlled legislatures put together slates of alternate electors to replace the
The fake electors were sent to Washington, D.C.
According to testimony from Cassidy Hutchinson, a former executive assistant to Meadows, at least 10 lawmakers met in late December to discuss ways to overturn the election results.
Every witness who has testified before the committee has sworn an oath to tell the truth.
Five years in prison is what anyone who does so will face.
If he believes he has done nothing wrong, if he is proud of his actions, and if he can defend them under oath, then he should expose the committee.
The investigators of the committee were told by White House personnel that there were members of Congress who sought pardons for their actions related to President Trump.
The committee might want to know about his involvement in the attempt to keep Trump in office, as well as about other things. I believe he would be eager to do so.
He has spoken in the past about his faith. The truth will set you free, according to the bible.
Would it happen?
Montini can be reached at ed.montini.
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