Judge clears way for January 6 committee to see Kelli Ward’s phone records

Former Arizona Senator Kelly Ward speaks with a reporter after testifying about election scrutiny at the Arizona Capitol grounds in Phoenix on September 24, 2021.

A federal judge on Friday cleared the way for a House committee to investigate the January 6, 2021 riots at the U.S. Capitol to subpoena the cell phone records of Kelly Ward, the Arizona Republican Party chairman.

Already in August, U.S. District Judge Dianne Humitiwa ruled that the committee was within its rights to request records, Ward’s lawsuit against the Jan. 6 panel was dismissed in January.

On Friday, Hometewa also denied Ward’s request to suspend the subpoena until she appealed the judge’s ruling.

Hometewa said Ward did not meet the criteria for deferring the subpoena. In her ruling, she said, Ward did not raise a “serious legal question” to be asked on appeal.

U.S. Senator John McCain responds at Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University on August 15, 2016. Standing next to U.S. District Judge Dianne Humitiwa, several guests including U.S. Senator John McCain and Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton spoke before the official open house of the new law school building .

The ruling came after three days of pleadings in court over the subpoena, filed in January, that required Ward’s cell phone provider, T-Mobile, to hand over call and text message records from her phone from November 2020 through January 2021.

This timeframe would cover the period during which Ward helped convene state party headquarters meetings for voters who would have chosen the Arizona Electoral College for the votes of former President Trump had he won the election.

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