‘I do not want to be a winner by cheating’: Arizona House Speaker during Jan. 6 hearing

Republican Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowers testified during the fourth public hearing of the House Committee’s investigation of the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection. Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., asked Bowers to read one of his journal passages from December 2020 when he was asked to overturn the 2020 election results of his state.

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ADAM SCHIFF: Mr. Bowers, I understand that as you flew from Phoenix to Washington yesterday, you reflected upon some passages from a personal Journal that you were keeping in December 2020 while all of this was taking place. With your permission, I'm wondering if you would be willing to share one passage in particular with us.

- Thank you very much. It is painful to have friends who have been such a help to me turn on me with such rancor. I may in the eyes of men not hold correct opinions or act according to their vision or convictions, but I do not take this current situation in a light manner, a fearful manner, or a vengeful manner.

I do not want to be a winner by cheating. I will not play with laws I swore allegiance to with any contrived desire towards deflection of my deep foundational desire to follow God's will, as I believe he led my conscience to embrace. How else will I ever approach Him in the wilderness of life, knowing that I ask this guidance only to show myself a coward in defending the course he led me to take.