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Judge’s rules Jan. 6 committee can subpoena Arizona GOP chairman’s phone records



The Jan. 6 Select Committee is investigating the role of former President Donald Trump and his allies in attacking or provoking the attack on the Capitol. He called more than 100 witnesses in his investigation.

A federal judge fired The lawsuit of Arizona GOP Chairwoman Kelli Ward to block a subpoena issued by the Jan. 6 select committee to access her phone records.

In the 18-page decision, released Thursday evening, Judge Diane Humetewa said the committee had a legitimate legislative reason to investigate Ward’s call history between Nov. 1, 2020 and Jan. 31, 2021.

“This three-month period is clearly relevant to his investigation into the causes of the January 6 attack,” Humetewa wrote in her decision. “The Court therefore has no doubt that the conclusion of these cases can contribute to the valid legislative objective of the select committee.”

During this time, Ward was involved in organizing pro-Donald Trump voters who attempted to replace legitimate voters who were expected to vote for Joe Biden after winning the state election.

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Ward also helped spread the claim that the election was fraudulent, and she and her husband Michael Ward joined a lawsuit against Mike Pence as Trump pressured the then vice president to help him annul the election.

Ward filed a notice Friday saying she would appeal the decision.

In his lawsuit, Ward argued that the committee’s subpoena was improperly issued and had no legislative purpose. She also called it a police investigation disguised as a legislative inquiry and said it was aimed at punishing Trump supporters for exercising their First Amendment rights. The lawsuit also noted that the subpoena did not include the required 13 committee members.

However, Humetewa argued in his decision that the panel was ratified by votes of the entire House of Representatives, which also endorsed previous efforts to hold provocative witnesses in defiance of Congress. She also said she did not want to question the House’s decision to allow the committee to continue without its full complement of members.

“Plaintiffs bear the burden of establishing that Congressional jurisdiction over defendants exists and have failed to do so here,” she wrote.

The January 6 select committee is expected to reveal its findings in December.

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