Judge Says Jan. 6 Commission Can Get Phone Records of Arizona GOP Chairman Kelly Ward

Judge Says Jan. 6 Commission Can Get Phone Records of Arizona GOP Chairman Kelly Ward

WASHINGTON — A federal judge in Arizona ruled Thursday that the House of Representatives Select Committee to investigate the January 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol Building can see the phone records of Arizona Republican President Kelly Ward and her husband.

U.S. District Judge Diane J. Humitiwa rejected Wards’ arguments in a lawsuit in February that a congressional committee should be prevented from obtaining the phone records of the couple, who are both physicians, because doing so would violate medical privacy laws.

In January, the state’s Republican Party chief and her husband, Michael Ward, were among 14 of 84 alternate voters summoned by the committee because they claimed in false documents that President Donald Trump had won the 2020 elections in their states.

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The judge wrote in her 18-page filing Thursday that the House committee’s information request “relates to phone call records from November 1, 2020 to January 31, 2021, from an account linked to a Republican candidate to serve as a voter for former President Trump.”

“This three-month period is closely related to its investigation into the causes of the January 6 attack,” she wrote. “The Court therefore has no doubt in concluding that these records may assist in determining the correct legislative purpose of the Select Committee.”

Hometewa also rejected Wards’ arguments that a subpoena requesting their phone records would infringe their First and Fourteenth Amendment rights and that releasing the records would risk that those the couple contacted during the period were “involved in the largest criminal investigation in United States history.”

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The judge also dismissed the plaintiffs’ assertions that the subpoena would lead to harassment, such as death threats they had previously received, because these “incidents actually occurred.”

Meanwhile, the Department of Justice was also investigating “fake voters.” The January 6 commission, which is expected to hold what could be its last hearing on September 28, has forced many of them to testify, claiming that they are part of a broader scheme by Trump and his allies to nullify the results of the 2020 election.

Source : www.nbcnews.com

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