The carnival sideshow known as the January 6 House Select Committee rolls back into town next week, according to the latest gaudy promotional flyer (via CNBC here) from the Democrats’ media allies, with what may be its last, public hearing. This, as readers might recall from our previous coverage, is the House Democrats’ ongoing witch hunt to tie former President Donald Trump to the goings-on at the Capitol on January 6, 2021.
When we last left their exploits, as my colleague Bonchie wrote in late July, they were scrapping the bottom of the barrel already. Any opportunity the Democrats committee members and their two, nominally Republican pals, can conjure up in their scheme to extract another pound of flesh from any prominent MAGA Republican figure possible, they pounce.
So, readers are probably not shocked to hear this news story, from late in the week, about Kelli Ward, the chair of the Arizona Republican Party, getting snared in the committee’s dishonest machinations.
A federal judge in Arizona ruled Thursday that the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol can see the phone records of Arizona Republican Party Chairwoman Kelli Ward and her husband.
U.S. District Court Judge Diane J. Humetewa rejected the Wards’ arguments in a February lawsuit that the congressional panel should be prevented from getting the phone records of the couple, who are doctors, because it would violate medical privacy laws.
In January, the state GOP chair and her husband, Michael Ward, were among 14 of 84 so-called alternate electors subpoenaed by the committee because they had claimed in bogus documents that then-President Donald Trump had won the 2020 election in their states.
The report continues, with the judge’s reasons for reject the Wards’ arguments:
The judge wrote in her 18-page filing Thursday that the House committee’s information request “relates to phone calls records from November 1, 2020, to January 31, 2021, from an account associated with a Republican nominee to serve as elector for former President Trump.”
“That three-month period is plainly relevant to its investigation into the causes of the January 6th attack,” she wrote. “The court therefore has little doubt concluding these records may aid the select committee’s valid legislative purpose.”
Humetewa also dismissed the Wards’ arguments that the subpoena seeking their phone records violate their First and 14th Amendment rights and that releasing the records would risk that those the couple had contacted during the period could be “implicated in the largest criminal investigation in U.S. history.”
As they say, stay tuned.