The January 6 Select Committee has been seeking phone records from the head of the Arizona Republican Party, Kelli Ward. And on Monday, the Supreme Court came down in favor of the Select Committee. Ward had asked the court to stop the process of handing over the Republican’s documents as the lawsuit makes its way through the legal system.
Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan had placed a temporary halt order on the records during the legal proceedings. But SCOTUS lifted that order. Both Justices Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas declared they would have come out on the side of Ward, according to The USA Today news.
The leader of the Arizona Republican Party claimed that her First Amendment right to free speech would be damaged should she be forced to lay out her conversations. And specifically that would have been conversations with the former president of these United States, among others.
During a federal appeals court hearing, the panel ruled “2-1 against Ward:” The court said:
‘[The] committee should get records of calls she made and received from just before the November 2020 election to Jan. 31, 2021. That includes a period when Ward was pushing for Trump’s election defeat to be overturned and Congress was set to certify the results in favor of Democrat Joe Biden.’
The federal appeals court ruled against Ward even though a variety of presidents had appointed its members, according to The Ft. Bend Herald’s AP news briefs:
‘Barry Silverman, an appointee of Democratic President Bill Clinton, and Eric Miller, a Trump appointee, both ruled against Ward. Judge Sandra Ikuta, an appointee of Republican President George W. Bush, dissented.’
In September, a Phoenix federal judge ruled against Ward, too. Strong Donald Trump supporters, both Ward and her husband Michael had been:
‘[P]residential electors who would have voted for Trump in the Electoral College had he won Arizona. Both signed a document falsely claiming they were Arizona’s true electors, despite Biden’s victory in the state.’
Being a fake elector has done in a number of Trump supporters.
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