Justice Kagan Grants Stay to Arizona GOP Chair in Attempt to Block Jan. 6 Panel Subpoena

Justice Elena Kagan on Wednesday granted a temporary stay to Arizona Republican Party leader Kelli Ward, who asked the Supreme Court to block a subpoena seeking her phone records in connection with a Jan. 6 subcommittee investigation.

Driving the news: In an emergency filing Wednesday, Ward asked the judge to temporarily block a lower court ruling requiring her cellphone carrier to turn over her phone records to the committee.

  • Justice Kagan also ordered a response to the filing by 1 p.m. 5pm ET Friday.

Catch up quickly: An appeals court over the weekend rejected Ward’s claims that her First Amendment rights would be challenged if investigators revealed who she spoke to when she tried to challenge the results of the 2020 presidential election, according to the AP.

  • The lawsuit asked T-Mobile to reverse call and text activity from November 2020 to January 2021.

The big picture: Ward, who posed as a bogus elector for former President Trump, refused to answer questions during his own testimony with the panel, Politico reports.

Zoom out: Ward is the latest in a string of other high-level Republicans to appeal to the Supreme Court in recent weeks.

  • Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas on Monday temporarily blocked a subpoena from an Atlanta grand jury seeking testimony from Sen. Lindsey Graham (R.C.) in an investigation into possible criminal efforts to overturn the 2020 election.
  • Earlier this month, the Supreme Court denied a petition by Trump that prevented the special master of the Mar-a-Lago investigation from reviewing classified documents obtained at the former president’s Florida residence.

This story has been updated with further developments.

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