Arizona Republican Party chairman Kelli Ward asked the Supreme Court on Wednesday to prevent her phone records from being disclosed to the congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6 riots.
The chairman of the state GOP and her husband, Michael Ward, were among 14 of the 84 would-be deputy voters subpoenaed by the House Jan. 6 committee earlier this year, citing their association with false documents alleging that then-President Donald Trump had won the 2020 election. elections in their states.
Lower courts, including the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, rejected Ward’s arguments that the commission’s subpoena should be blocked.
The couple, both doctors, have been subpoenaed, arguing, among other things, that disclosing their data would violate medical privacy laws. The committee is currently only examining Kelli Ward’s records. In the Supreme Court, Ward argued that the subpoena violates her right to freedom of association under the First Amendment to the Constitution.
“If Dr. Ward’s phone and text records are released, congressional investigators will contact every person who communicated with her during and immediately after the tumult of the 2020 election. That’s not speculation, it’s a certainty” , the couples’ lawyers wrote in court papers.
The subpoena focuses on a T-Mobile mobile account linked to Ward. It searches for information, including any phone numbers, IP addresses, or devices that communicated with the phone in the wake of the 2020 presidential election.
The Wards’ case reaches the Supreme Court as the judges weigh a separate emergency petition filed by Senator Lindsey Graham, RS.C., seeking to block a subpoena demanding his testimony in a Georgia state attorney general’s investigation into alleged interference in the 2020 elections.