Justice Keagan Blocks Jan. 6 Committee Subpoena

On Wednesday, Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan temporarily stopped the Jan. 6 committee’s subpoena for Kelli Ward, the chair of the Arizona Republican Party, to produce her phone records.


The move by Kagan, a liberal justice who handles emergency applications that originate in Arizona, means the Supreme Court as a whole will decide how to proceed. The House committee has until Friday to respond to Ward's request to quash the subpoena, which was filed earlier Wednesday.

The committee declined to comment on the subpoena pause.


Ward and her husband, Michael Ward, were among 14 of 84 so-called alternate electors subpoenaed this year by the Jan. 6 committee, which cited their association with bogus documents claiming President Donald Trump had won the 2020 election in their states.

Lower courts, including the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, rejected Ward's arguments to block the subpoena.

The couple, who are both doctors, have argued, among other things, that disclosing their records would violate medical privacy laws. The committee is pursuing only Kelli Ward's records. At the Supreme Court, Ward argued that the subpoena violates her right to freedom of association under the Constitution's First Amendment.