Politico reports, Court clears way for Jan. 6 probe to get Ward’s phone records:
A federal appeals court has turned down former Arizona GOP senate candidate Kelli Ward’s attempt to block a House committee subpoena for her phone records in connection with an investigation into the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol building and other events related to the 2020 presidential election.
A divided panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals voted, 2-1, to deny Ward’s request for an order preventing telephone carrier T-Mobile from complying with the subpoena issued by the House select committee probing Jan. 6.
Ward argued that the subpoena violates her First Amendment rights by intruding on her activities as chairperson of the Arizona Republican Party, but the order issued Saturday by the appeals court panel’s majority said those concerns weren’t serious enough to keep the House from accessing details about her calls.
“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. That some of the people with whom Ward communicated may be members of a political party does not establish that the subpoena is likely to reveal ‘sensitive information about [the party’s] members and supporters,’” wrote Judges Barry Silverman, appointed by President Bill Clinton, and Eric Miller, appointed by President Donald Trump.
The third member of the panel, Judge Sandra Ikuta, appointed by President George W. Bush, dissented and said she would have granted Ward’s request to block the subpoena.
“The communications at issue here between members of a political party about an election implicate a core associational right protected by the First Amendment,” wrote Ikuta.
Bullshit! Plotting a seditious insurrection is a criminal act and in no way is an “associational right protected by the First Amendment.” It is an unlawful seditious conspiracy and insurrection.
“Even assuming that the government’s interest in investigating the events of January 6, 2021, is sufficiently important, the Committee has not provided any evidence or plausible reason to believe that Ward’s contacts (whether political associates, family, or friends) were involved in the events of January 6 or explain why information about her communications has any bearing on the Committee’s investigation,” Ikuta added in her dissent, which ran to 10 pages — two more than the majority’s order.
More Bullshit! Ward conspired with Team Trump when she was the Plaintiff in a series of frivolous lawsuits to challenge the 2020 election results in Arizona in phase I of the plot to subvert the election. She and her co-conspirator lawyers lost every one of those cases for failure to present any credibile evidence. Ward then conspired with Team Trump to recruit a slate of fake GQP electors in phase II of the plot to subvert the election. She and her husband were among the fake GQP electors who fraudulently submitted a “certified” list of fake GQP electors to the Senate and National Archives. She even posted a video and tweet of these seditious conspiracy co-conspirators in the act! (Prosecution exhibit).
— Dr. Kelli Ward 🇺🇸 (@kelliwardaz) December 14, 2020
The Select Committee of Congress subpoenaed the chairperson and secretary of the fake GQP electoral college from Arizona, the chairperson was Nancy Cottle; the secretary was Loraine Pellegrino (above).
The Select Committee of Congress also subpoenaed Kelli Ward, the head of the Arizona Republican Party, and her husband, Michael (above).
Judge Sandra Ikutais is full o’ shit.
Ward’s [co-conspirator] lawyer, Alexander Kolodin, expressed disappointment in the court’s ruling. [He is running for the House in LD 3. Vote for a write-in candidate, Georgia Flanagan or John Skirbst, instead].
[L]ast month, Arizona-based U.S. District Court Judge Diane Humetewa, an appointee of President Barack Obama, tossed out Ward’s initial request for an injunction to block the subpoena.
However, on Tuesday, the 9th Circuit panel temporarily halted the subpoena. The court’s order Saturday lifted that temporary stay.
Ward could seek relief from a larger 9th Circuit panel or from the [activist radical Republican] Supreme Court. Kolodin did not immediately respond to questions about whether she plans to take such steps.
Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan on Wednesday temporarily blocked enforcement of the Jan. 6 committee’s subpoena seeking the phone records of Arizona Republican Party Chair Kelli Ward.
The move by Kagan, a liberal justice who handles emergency applications that originate in Arizona, means the Supreme Court as a whole will decide how to proceed. The House committee has until Friday to respond to Ward’s request to quash the subpoena, which was filed earlier Wednesday.
The Supreme Court holds its weekly conference on Friday, so this will be taken up and likely rejected quickly, probaby as soon as Monday’s orders list. Ditto for Trump fluffer Lindsey Graham.
Ward’s case reaches the Supreme Court as the justices are weighing a separate emergency application brought by Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., seeking to block a subpoena demanding his testimony in a Georgia prosecutor’s investigation into allegations of 2020 election interference. Conservative Justice Clarence Thomas issued a similar temporary stay while the court considers how to proceed.
[Coup Plotters] Kelli Ward and her husband, Michael Ward, were among 14 of 84 so-called
alternate Fake GQP electors subpoenaed this year by the Jan. 6 committee, which cited their association with bogus [forged/falsified] documents claiming President Donald Trump had won the 2020 election in their states.
Lower courts, including the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, rejected Ward’s arguments to block the subpoena.
The committee is pursuing only Kelli Ward’s records. At the Supreme Court, Ward argued that the subpoena violates her right to freedom of association under the Constitution’s First Amendment.
There is no such thing as “freedom of association” in a criminal seditious conspiracy, insurrection and coup d’état. It is a high crime and misdemeanor.
UPDATE: In a filing to the U.S. Supreme Court, the House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the U.S. Capitol described the actions of Kelli Ward, the head of Arizona’s Republican Party, as Arizona Republican Party head Kelli Ward aided a ‘coup,’ Jan. 6 committee says:
“Dr. Ward aided a coup attempt,” the Friday filing reads.
The filing before the nation’s highest court explained why it was vital for the committee to see logs of texts and calls made by Ward between November 2020 and January 2021.
That tumultuous time span encompassed attempts to get government officials not to canvass the election and the convening of a slate of electors who would falsely certify themselves has having Arizona’s official vote. It was an attempt designed at best to muddy up the official certification of the results.
The paragraph in the filing that uses the word “coup” goes on to list Ward’s actions that the committee said fueled the passions of those who breached the Capitol buildings on the day Congress met to count the Electoral College votes.
Ward tried to stop Maricopa County officials from counting ballots, the filing reads. Further, the filing says, she tried to get a top official in Arizona’ most populous county in contact with then-President Donald Trump. She also, the filing says, promoted false claims about voting machines.
Finally, the filing notes that she became part of an alternate slate of electors who were part of a failed scheme that could delayed or overturned the 2020 general election victory of President Joe Biden.
“These matters are of significant interest to the Select Committee,” the filing reads.
It asked the court to allow Ward’s cell phone company, T-Mobile, to release the call logs to the committee.
The committee also noted to the U.S. Supreme Court that time was of the essence. The committee might disband in January, the filing notes, making production of records a pressing matter.
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Many of the people Ward talked to, the committee said in its filing, might have already been among the more than 1,000 people the committee has interviewed.
The committee said in its filing that the “primary investigative value of Dr. Ward’s call detail records likely will be establishing when and with what frequency she communicated with individuals known to be relevant to the Select Committee’s investigation.”
Ward was subpoenaed to testify before the Select Committee but took the Fifth Amendment against self-incrimination, the filing says. That further adds to the argument that her records are needed, as she refused to provide information herself.