The House choose committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot can have entry to Rep. Kelli Ward and her husband’s phone records, a federal courtroom dominated Saturday.
The ninth Circuit Court of Appeals voted 2-1 to deny the Arizona Republican’s request to block her phone provider, T-Mobile, from complying with a subpoena issued by the House committee, POLITICO reported.
“The investigation, after all, is not about Ward’s politics; it is about her involvement in the events leading up to the January 6 attack, and it seeks to uncover those with whom she communicated in connection with those events,” the bulk judges wrote in their opinion.
The lone judge who dissented stated she would have granted Ward’s request to block the subpoena as a result of the committee has not offered proof Ward’s contacts had any involvement within the siege.
The choose committee is in search of the phone records as a result of the Wards are among the many Republican leaders to publicly reject Joe Biden’s 2020 win and tried to overturn the election.
Ward and her husband, Michael Ward, have been preventing the subpoena because it was first issued in January, arguing it violates their First Amendment rights by intruding on her actions as a chairperson of the Arizona Republican Party.
Last month, an Arizona-based federal judge tossed Ward’s request for an injunction to block the subpoena, POLITICO stated. A ninth Circuit panel briefly halted the subpoena on Tuesday, however the Saturday resolution listed the keep.
Last week, the choose committee issued a subpoena to former President Trump over claims he “personally orchestrated and oversaw a multi-part effort to overturn the 2020 presidential election.”