Jan. 6 congressional committee subpoenas Kelli Ward, Mark Finchem

On Tuesday, the January 6 House Select Committee issued subpoenas to Arizona

State Representative Mark Finchem and Arizona GOP Chairwoman Dr. Kelli Ward.

By Richard Ruelas | Arizona Republic

The U.S. House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, incursion of the U.S. Capitol issued subpoenas on Tuesday to state Rep. Mark Finchem and Kelli Ward, the chair of the Republican Party of Arizona, asking for documents and testimony related to their efforts to upend the 2020 election results.

The subpoenas mark the latest efforts by the Select Committee to unearth the behind-the-scenes machinations, in Arizona and other states, meant to engineer a second term as president for Donald Trump despite his loss in the 2020 election.

Ward was among 11 Republicans who signed their name to a document falsely asserting they represented Arizona’s official votes in the Electoral College, the mechanism set out in the U.S. Constitution that picks the president. Ward, in statements in December 2020, signaled that she expected the document to be part of a plan that could have reversed President Joe Biden’s victory.

Finchem helped organize an unofficial marathon hearing at a downtown Phoenix hotel that included testimony from Trump attorney and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani. It was after that hearing that Giuliani pitched Arizona legislative leaders on the idea of casting out the election results and voting to simply appoint the Republican electors.

Lawmakers declined to do so.

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