Decide says Jan. 6 committee can get Arizona GOP Chair Kelli Ward’s cellphone data
WASHINGTON — A federal choose in Arizona dominated Thursday that the Home choose committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, assault on the Capitol can see the cellphone data of Arizona Republican Occasion Chairwoman Kelli Ward and her husband.
U.S. District Court docket Decide Diane J. Humetewa rejected the Wards’ arguments in a February lawsuit that the congressional panel ought to be prevented from getting the cellphone data of the couple, who’re docs, as a result of it will violate medical privateness legal guidelines.
In January, the state GOP chair and her husband, Michael Ward, have been amongst 14 of 84 so-called alternate electors subpoenaed by the committee as a result of they’d claimed in bogus paperwork that then-President Donald Trump had received the 2020 election of their states.
The choose wrote in her 18-page submitting Thursday that the Home committee’s data request “pertains to cellphone calls data from November 1, 2020, to January 31, 2021, from an account related to a Republican nominee to function elector for former President Trump.”
“That three-month interval is plainly related to its investigation into the causes of the January sixth assault,” she wrote. “The courtroom due to this fact has little doubt concluding these data might help the choose committee’s legitimate legislative function.”
Humetewa additionally dismissed the Wards’ arguments that the subpoena searching for their cellphone data violate their First and 14th Modification rights and that releasing the data would danger that these the couple had contacted in the course of the interval might be “implicated within the largest felony investigation in U.S. historical past.”
The choose additionally rejected the plaintiffs’ assertion that the subpoena would lead to harassment, just like the demise threats they’d beforehand acquired, as a result of these “incidents have already occurred.”
The Division of Justice, in the meantime, has additionally been investigating the “faux electors.” The Jan. 6 committee, which is anticipated to carry what might be its closing listening to Sept. 28, has compelled lots of them to testify, alleging they have been a part of the broader scheme by Trump and his allies to overturn the outcomes of the 2020 election.