Arizona GOP chairwoman drops lawsuit to block Jan. 6 committee subpoena

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Arizona GOP Chairwoman Dr. Kelli Ward speaks at the Republican watch party in Scottsdale, Ariz., Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Ross D. Franklin/AP

Arizona GOP chairwoman drops lawsuit to block Jan. 6 committee subpoena

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Kelli Ward, chairwoman of the Republican Party of Arizona, has dropped her legal challenge to a subpoena for phone records from the Jan. 6 committee.

Ward dropped the lawsuit days after the Supreme Court denied her emergency request to block the subpoena by a 7-2 margin.

SUPREME COURT ALLOWS JAN. 6 COMMITTEE ACCESS TO ARIZONA GOP CHAIRWOMAN’S PHONE RECORDS

Before being denied by the Supreme Court, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals denied her request in a 2-1 decision.

The subpoena was issued to investigate the Arizona GOP chairwoman’s role in attempts to overturn the results of the 2020 election and send an alternate slate of electors to cast the electoral votes for the state.

Ward’s phone records from Nov. 1, 2020, to Jan. 31, 2021, were subpoenaed by the committee.

The Arizona GOP chairwoman had argued the subpoena violated her First Amendment “association rights” and would reveal the identities of people who were in communication with her in her capacity as state party chairwoman.

Ward has been an ally to former President Donald Trump in the Grand Canyon State, but recent underperformance in statewide elections has several prominent figures, including former gubernatorial candidate Karrin Taylor Robson, calling for her to step down.

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The dropped legal challenge comes as the Jan. 6 committee is reportedly interviewing the Secret Service agent who Cassidy Hutchinson alleged was lunged at by Trump on the day of the Capitol riot.

The committee has said in recent days that it is aiming to have a final report on its investigation of the Capitol riot by the beginning of next month.

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