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Supreme Court Gives Jan. 6 Committee Access to Trump Ally’s Phone Records

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Democrats on the House Jan. 6 Committee managed another legal victory on Monday in their quest to investigate the origins of the 2021 Capitol riot.

The U.S. Supreme Court granted the committee access to the phone records of Arizona GOP Chair Kelli Ward, a key ally of then-President Donald Trump during his legal challenges to swing state votes during the 2020 election cycle.

“The justices, with noted opposition from Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito, denied Ward’s emergency motion to block the panel from enforcing a subpoena against T-Mobile to obtain Ward’s records,” Politico reported.

“The panel is seeking evidence related to Ward’s coordination with Trump and his allies to assemble a slate of fake presidential electors intended to help disrupt the transfer of power on Jan. 6, 2021. Ward, who served as one of those pro-Trump electors, pleaded the Fifth when interviewed by the panel in March,” the report added.

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Last month, the committee voted unanimously to subpoena Trump, though it’s not at all clear he plans to provide testimony. Not only is he likely to challenge the subpoena in court, but with it looking as though Republicans will take over the House by a narrow margin, it’s not clear that the committee will survive in its current form, if at all.

Nevertheless, Trump initially said he “loves the idea of testifying” before the committee, Fox News reported, adding that the source the network quoted noted further that Trump wants to highlight “how Nancy Pelosi did not call up the National Guard” to protect the Capitol before his rally that day, as well as other issues.

The source also said that if Trump complied with the subpoena, he would also “talk about how corrupt the election was, how corrupt the committee was, and how Nancy Pelosi did not call up the National Guard that Trump strongly recommended for her to do three days earlier on January 3, 2021.” In addition, the source said that it wasn’t clear if Trump will, in fact, comply, but that he “loves the idea” of talking to the panel.

After the subpoena was issued, Trump spoke exclusively to Fox News, calling the entire investigation by the panel of seven Democrats and two Republicans who voted to impeach him a sham.

“The committee is a hoax, a sham, a partisan witch hunt which is a continuation of the witch hunt that has gone on since the great day for our country that I came down the golden escalator with our future first lady,” Trump said, without indicating whether he would agree to testify. “They have no case, they have no ratings, so they have to try to do this to get publicity.”

He added that the entire probe has been “a partisan witch hunt, together with two Republicans that have been thrown out of the party — one not wanting to run because he couldn’t win; and another losing by a record number of more than 40 points,” he said, referring to Reps. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois and Liz Cheney of Wyoming, respectively, neither of whom will be in Congress come January when the new session begins.

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Trump also told Fox News that the committee’s investigation “never covered the important subject of election fraud, or why Pelosi and the mayor of D.C. did not call up the National Guard — which I strongly recommended.”

“They didn’t cover the reason for January 6 — the largest crowd — it wasn’t set up by me,” Trump said, going on to complain about a lack of curiosity by the committee regarding the last election and Pelosi’s failure to call for National Guard assistance.

The former president said he advised Pelosi, as well as the mayor of Washington, D.C., Muriel Bowser, to request National Guard assistance because he “felt the crowd was going to be far bigger than anyone understood.”

“They didn’t do their job. I believed the crowd was going to be bigger — just my instinct — and they had the chance to call up the National Guard three days before Jan. 6, and if they did, Jan. 6 would have been a very different day,” Trump said. “But they didn’t do it. They were derelict in their duty. I gave them the authorization and the recommendation to call up the National Guard.”

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