Supreme Court allows January 6th committee to seize Arizona GOP chairwoman’s phone records

The Supreme Court will allow the January 6th committee to seize the phone records of Arizona Republican chairwoman Kelli Ward, who played a role in protesting the 2020 presidential election.

Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas would have granted Ward’s request for an emergency injunction, CBS reported.

Supreme Court OKs J6 subpoena

In her petition, Ward said that the committee’s sweeping subpoena, which sought all of her T-Mobile cell phone data from November 2020 to January 2021, trampled on her First Amendment right to freedom of association.

“If Dr. Ward’s telephone and text message records are disclosed, congressional investigators are going to contact every person who communicated with her during and immediately after the tumult of the 2020 election. That is not speculation, it is a certainty,” the petition from Ward said.

“There can be no greater chill on public participation in partisan politics than a call, visit, or subpoena, from federal investigators.”

But the January 6th committee brushed aside Ward’s claims, insisting she “aided a coup attempt” by becoming an alternate or “fake” elector for Donald Trump in 2020. The “fake electors” are the focus of a sprawling DOJ investigation being led by the administration of Trump’s rival, Joe Biden.

Biden narrowly won the state of Arizona in 2020, and the state remains a bitterly contested battleground after the 2022 midterm elections were marred by voting machine malfunctions and days of ballot counting that led to outrage and speculation of malfeasance.

Clock running out on show trial

The January 6th committee has issued broad subpoenas to Trump and allies of his who protested the 2020 election but had nothing to do with the violence at the Capitol.

Those targeted include Clarence Thomas’s wife Ginni Thomas. Justice Thomas has faced pressure from the left to recuse himself from January 6th-related cases on the premise that his wife, who participated in the 2020 “Stop the Steal” movement, is an “insurrectionist.”

The controversial committee was formed without GOP backing and includes just two token anti-Trump Republicans, Adam Kinzinger (IL) and Liz Cheney (WY), neither of whom will be in Congress next year.

From the start, Republicans have bristled at the committee as a sham conducting a partisan show trial, but the spectacle could be winding down soon with Republicans poised to take back the House in January.

Trump ignored the committee’s demand to appear for a deposition Monday after suing to block an “invalid” subpoena, raising the possibility that he could run out the clock on the committee.