Supreme Court denies Arizona GOP chair's bid to block Jan. 6 panel from reviewing phone records

Conservative Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito said they would have ruled in Ward's favor.

Updated: November 14, 2022 - 12:09pm

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The Supreme Court on Monday denied Arizona Republican Party Chairwoman Kelli Ward's request to keep her cellphone records from the Democrat-led House Jan. 6 panel.

The court vacated the temporary order that Justice Elana Kagan put in place, pausing the phone records from being shared while the court weighed Ward's request.

Conservative-leaning Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito dissented, saying that they would have ruled in Ward's favor.

The Arizona GOP chairwoman argued that her First Amendment rights would be infringed if the committee knew who she spoke with when she challenged the results of the 2020 presidential election. 

A federal appeals court had previously sided against Ward and said the Jan. 6 panel should be able to obtain her call records from November 2020 to January 2021, The Associated Press reported

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