The batch of subpoenas was one of many earliest public indicators of DOJ’s quickly unfolding prison investigation associated to Trump’s effort to stay in energy regardless of his defeat. The wave of subpoenas additionally coincided with the general public hearings held by the Jan. 6 choose committee, which highlighted the hassle by Trump to assemble false presidential electors to provoke an issue meant to overturn the election on Jan. 6, 2021.
It’s unclear if DOJ has taken steps to enforce subpoenas issued to false electors in states aside from Arizona. It’s additionally unclear how the false Arizona electors lodged the objections to the grand jury subpoenas that Ward described in her submitting, nonetheless, the grand jury probe is overseen by Washington, D.C.‘s chief federal district courtroom decide Beryl Howell, who has been adjudicating closed-door disputes all through the investigation.
Ward, one among 11 false electors for Trump in Arizona, has additionally been locked in a authorized battle since February towards the Jan. 6 choose committee, which subpoenaed T-Mobile for her telephone information as a part of its expansive probe. Ward’s description of the standing of the grand jury subpoenas got here in filings related to her attraction of a federal decide’s ruling granting the choose committee entry to her telephone logs.
U.S. District Court Judge Diane Humetewa ruled last week that Ward might not block the choose committee from accessing her telephone logs from T-Mobile. Ward rapidly appealed the choice to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. As a part of her attraction, Ward submitted an replace on the standing of the grand jury subpoenas.
Two attorneys for Ward, and a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Washington, D.C., did not reply to requests for remark.
Ward contends that the choose committee’s bid for her telephone information is a political effort to punish an in depth ally of Trump. But the choose committee has mentioned it requires them as a part of an effort to piece collectively contacts between key figures in the course of the chaotic weeks that preceded the Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol.