A member of the U.S. Supreme Court’s left wing has thwarted attempts by the House committee looking into the Jan. 6, 2021 Capitol intrusion to see the call logs of the Arizona Republican Party chairperson.
According to The Hill, on Wednesday, Justice Elena Kagan temporarily barred the panel from reviewing the call records of Dr. Kelli Ward and her spouse, Mark Ward.
In a brief order, Kagan stated, “Upon consideration of the application of counsel for the applicants, it is ordered that the October 22, 2022 order of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, case No. 22-16473, is hereby stayed pending further order of the undersigned or of the Court.”
“Likewise, respondent T-Mobile USA, Inc. is temporarily enjoined from releasing the records requested by the House Select Committee pending further order of the undersigned or of the Court.”
“It is further ordered that a response to the application be filed on or before Friday, October 28, 2022, by 5 p.m. (EDT).”
Kagan got involved since she is the justice in charge of responding to Arizona’s urgent demands.
To prevent access to their phone records, The Wards filed a lawsuit. They filed an appeal after losing their case in district court, but the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit rejected their request to shield their records by a 2-1 vote, according to CNN.
That is what sparked the urgent request to Kagan. The Wards stated in the appeal that “This is an unprecedented case with profound precedential implications for future congressional investigations and political associational rights under the First Amendment,”
“In a first-of-its-kind situation, a select committee of the United States Congress, dominated by one political party, has subpoenaed the personal telephone and text message records of a state chair of the rival political party relating to one of the most contentious political events in American history—the 2020 election and the Capitol riot of January 6, 2021.”
The case was depicted in the appeal as perhaps setting a dangerous precedent.
“If Dr. Ward’s telephone and text message records are disclosed, congressional investigators are going to contact every person who communicated with her during and immediately after the tumult of the 2020 election. That is not speculation, it is a certainty. There is no other reason for the Committee to seek this information.” stated in the Wards’ submission.
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“There can be no greater chill on public participation in partisan politics than a call, visit, or subpoena, from federal investigators,” they wrote.
The appellate panel ruled against the Wards, saying the federal subpoena “is substantially related to the important government interest in investigating the causes of the January 6 attack and protecting future elections from similar threats.”
“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,” Judges Barry Silverman and Eric Miller wrote in the majority opinion. “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.’” CONTINUE READING…