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Supreme Court allows Jan. 6 subpoena for Arizona GOP chief Kelli Ward

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Arizona President Kelli Ward speaks during the Rally To Protect Our Elections conference on July 24, 2021 in Phoenix, Arizona.

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The Supreme Court on Monday denied a request by Arizona Republican Party Chairwoman Kelli Ward to block her phone records from being subpoenaed by the House Select Committee investigating the Capitol riot. of January 6.

The denial clears the way for the Democratic-controlled House committee to obtain those recordings from his T-Mobile account.

The order denying Ward and her husband Michaels’ request for an emergency injunction notes that Supreme Court Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito would have granted it.

Last month, Judge Elena Kagan temporarily blocked the subpoena to allow her and the other judges to consider the request of wards, who claimed the subpoena infringed on their rights to political association from the first amendment.

Ward had his records subpoenaed by the committee due to his role as a so-called surrogate voter for then-President Donald Trump, who lost Arizona’s popular vote in the 2020 election, and therefore its list of actual Electoral College members. President Joe Biden won the state’s popular vote and his constituents.

The January 6, 2021 riot on Capitol Hill by Trump supporters interrupted for hours a joint session of Congress that was meeting to certify the results of the Electoral College vote in favor of Biden.

Ward’s attorneys had argued in her motion to block the subpoena that “if Dr. Ward’s phone and text records are released, congressional investigators will contact everyone who contacted her during and immediately after the tumult of the 2020 elections”.

“This is not speculation, this is certainty,” the lawyers wrote. “There can be no greater cold on
public involvement in partisan politics than a call, visit or subpoena from the federal government
investigators.”

Alexander Kolodin, an attorney for Ward, said Monday, “We were pleased to see that two judges were willing to find that First Amendment issues were implicated” by the subpoena.

“We hope this will be a message to those who in the future consider abusing this right in order to retaliate against Americans for exercising their First Amendment rights to free association,” Kolodin said.

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