Jan. 6, select committee subpoenas phone records of Arizona GOP chairman
A source familiar with the trial planning said an attorney for Wards indicated the Arizona state GOP was likely to pay the litigants’ court costs.
The couple argue that the subpoenas violate patient-doctor privilege because the services are osteopathic doctors who use their phones to talk with their patients.
“Disclosure of telephone records and telephone number metadata would provide the [personal health information] of an unknown but quantifiable number of people seeking medical treatment from plaintiffs to the committee and potentially the general public,” the attorneys for the quarters wrote.
Kelli Ward said in an affidavit accompanying the lawsuit that she worked five shifts from November 3, 2020 to January 31, 2021 – the date range assigned by the committee – and saw 30 to 40 patients per shift. Michael Ward said he was “actively” practicing medicine at this time.
T-Mobile did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Alexander Kolodin, an attorney for the Wards, declined to comment through a spokesperson.
The lawsuit also picks up on similar arguments made by others to block their Jan. 6 select committee phone and bank records. Neighborhoods say the committee was improperly constituted and that the subpoena violates their First and Fourth Amendment rights.
They also noted a recent CNN interview in which Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco indicated that questions about fraudulent voter rolls are being investigated by federal prosecutors.
Although the Wards were among pro-Trump voters who signed certificates claiming to have been Arizona’s elected winners – despite Joe Biden’s victory in the state – they were not among those assigned to appear last week by the select committee, which is investigating the illegitimate voter Gambit.
Two of Arizona’s other voters, Nancy Cottle and Loraine Pellegrino, were subpoenaed as the panel made its way to those chosen to lead voter delegations. The two, who are also represented by Kolodin, said in a statement through their attorney that they were being targeted for “exercising their basic rights as Americans.”
Attorneys general in other states have raised concerns about alternative voter rolls, but Arizona Democrats have complained that Mark Brnovich has taken no public action to investigate efforts by Kelli Ward and others GOP activists to certify themselves as official Arizona voters for the 2020 election.