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Kagan quickly blocks Jan. 6 committee subpoena for Arizona GOP chief’s cellphone data
Kelli Ward, chair of the Arizona Republican Social gathering, has a information convention in Phoenix in November 2020. Photograph by Ross D. Franklin/The Related Press.
U.S. Supreme Courtroom Justice Elena Kagan on Wednesday issued an administrative keep that blocks a subpoena for a GOP official’s cellphone data by the congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, U.S. Capitol assault.
Kagan’s stay order provides the total Supreme Courtroom time to think about the emergency request by Kelli Ward, chair of the Arizona Republican Social gathering, for an injunction pending enchantment.
The Jan. 6 committee shouldn’t be in search of details about the content material or location of the calls, the New York Occasions explains. As a substitute, the committee is in search of metadata for calls positioned by Ward and her husband, Michael Ward, between Nov. 1, 2020, and Jan. 31, 2021. The data sought consists of the time and the length of incoming and outgoing calls and the numbers concerned.
The ninth U.S. Circuit Courtroom of Appeals at San Francisco had dominated in opposition to the Wards on Oct. 22.
Of their emergency utility for a keep, the Wards argue that the case has “profound precedential implications for future congressional investigations and political associational rights underneath the First Modification.”
Ward had cited the Fifth Modification when she refused to reply committee questions on makes an attempt to make use of false electors to overturn the 2020 election outcomes. The Wards had signed paperwork claiming that they had been the state’s precise electors, regardless of President Joe Biden’s win within the state, in keeping with the AP.