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Court clears way for Jan. 6 investigation to obtain phone records of Arizona Senate candidate Ward

Court clears way for Jan. 6 investigation to obtain phone records of Arizona Senate candidate Ward

Court clears way for Jan. 6 investigation to obtain phone records of Arizona Senate candidate Ward

“The investigation, after all, is not about Ward’s politics. It is about her participation in the events leading up to the January 6 attack, and seeks to reveal those she has communicated with in connection with those events. That some of the people Ward has contacted may be members of a political party It does not prove that the subpoena is likely to reveal “ sensitive information about “ [the party’s] Members and Supporters,” wrote Justice Barry Silverman, appointed by President Bill Clinton, and Eric Miller, appointed by President Donald Trump.

The panel’s third member, Judge Sandra Ikota, dissented and said she would have acceded to Ward’s request to block the subpoena.

Ikota, appointed by President George W. Bush, wrote: “Communications at issue here among members of a political party over elections refer to a fundamental right of association protected by the First Amendment.”

“Even assuming that the government’s interest in investigating the events of January 6, 2021 is sufficiently significant, the commission has not provided any reasonable evidence or reason to believe that incoming contacts (whether they are political partners, family or friends) were involved in opposing it,” Ekota added. Which went to 10 pages – more than the majority requested, on the events of January 6 or explaining why information about her contacts had any bearing on the commission’s investigation.

Ward’s attorney, Alexander Cullodin, expressed disappointment with the court’s ruling.

“I am skeptical of the majority’s reasoning that ‘the investigation, after all, is not about Ward’s policies,'” Cullodin told Politico by email. As long as there are judges like her, there is still hope for America.”

Last month, US District Court Judge Dianne Humitiwa, appointed by President Barack Obama, denied Ward’s initial request for an injunction blocking the subpoena.

However, the Ninth Circuit Commission temporarily suspended the subpoena on Tuesday. A court order Saturday lifted this temporary moratorium.

Ward can seek exemption from the larger Ninth Circuit Committee or from the Supreme Court. Culloden did not immediately respond to questions about whether she plans to take such steps.



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