Kelli Ward, Arizona GOP chair, refused to answer questions before Jan. 6 committee

Kelli Ward gives an interview to the media during former President Donald Trump’s Save America rally at the Findlay Toyota Center in Prescott Valley on July 22, 2022. || Wikimedia Commons

By Richard Ruelas || Arizona Republic

Kelli Ward, the head of Arizona’s Republican Party, declined to answer questions during her subpoenaed testimony before the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the U.S. Capitol, a government attorney said in court on Tuesday.

The revelation came as part of the attorney’s argument that the Select Committee needed to view a log of call activity from Ward’s cellphone in the months leading up to the Capitol riot.

An attorney for Ward said she testified before the committee, and refused to answer questions to avoid self-incrimination sometime in the spring. Ward, who was not at the hearing on Tuesday, could not immediately be reached for comment.

The committee sought a log of phone calls and text exchanges to Ward’s phone from Election Day on 2020 through January 2021. That span of time included when Ward was part of a group of Republicans who met and falsely asserted themselves as Arizona’s presidential electors.

The group of Republicans met at party headquarters and cast false Electoral College votes for former President Donald Trump, even though Joe Biden had won the state, according to the certified results.


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