Supreme Court rejects bid by Kelli Ward, Arizona GOP chair, to block Jan. 6 committee subpoena

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Supreme Court rejects bid by Kelli Ward, Arizona GOP chair, to block Jan. 6 committee subpoena

From CBS News by Melissa Quinn

The Supreme Court on Monday refused a request from Kelli Ward, the chairwoman of the Arizona Republican Party, to block a subpoena from the House panel investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the U.S. Capitol for her phone records.

The rejection by the high court of Ward's emergency request for its intervention clears the way for her phone provider, T-Mobile, to comply with the subpoena and turn over the call records sought by House investigators. Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito said they would have granted Ward's request to block the subpoena from the select committee.

Ward turned to the Supreme Court after a divided three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit declined to block the subpoena seeking telephone metadata, such as phone numbers, text messages and call duration, from November 2020 through January 2021.

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