The House select committee is now investigating whether it has the full record & whether Trump communicated that day through back channels, phones of aides or personal disposable phones, according to people familiar with the probe
Internal nhà trắng records from the day of the attack on the U.S. Capitol that were turned over to the House select committee show a gap in President Donald Trump’s phone logs of seven hours & 37 minutes, including the period when the building was being violently assaulted, according to documents obtained by The Washington Post và CBS News.
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The lack of an official white house nhà trắng notation of any calls placed lớn or by Trump for 457 minutes on Jan. 6, 2021 — from 11:17 a.m. To 6:54 p.m. — means the committee has no record of his phone conversations as his supporters descended on the Capitol, battled overwhelmed police and forcibly entered the building, prompting lawmakers & Vice President Mike Pence to lớn flee for safety.
The 11 pages of records, which consist of the president’s official daily diary and the white house nhà trắng switchboard gọi logs, were turned over by the National Archives earlier this year to lớn the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack.
The records show that Trump was active on the phone for part of the day, documenting conversations that he had with at least eight people in the morning và 11 people that evening. The seven-hour gap also stands in stark contrast khổng lồ the extensive public reporting about phone conversations he had with allies during the attack, such as a call Trump made khổng lồ Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) — seeking to talk to lớn Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-Ala.) — và a phone conversation he had with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.).
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The House panel is now investigating whether Trump communicated that day through back channels, phones of aides or personal disposable phones, known as “burner phones,” according to two people with knowledge of the probe, who, like others interviewed for this report, spoke on the condition of anonymity to lớn discuss sensitive information. The committee is also scrutinizing whether it received the full logs from that day.
One lawmaker on the panel said the committee is investigating a “possible coverup” of the official white house nhà trắng record from that day. Another person close to the committee said the large gap in the records is of “intense interest” khổng lồ some lawmakers on the committee, many of whom have reviewed copies of the documents. Both spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to lớn discuss internal committee deliberations.
The records show that former nhà trắng chief strategist Stephen K. Bannon — who said on his Jan. 5 podcast that “all hell is going to break loose tomorrow” — spoke with Trump twice on Jan. 6. In a hotline that morning, Bannon urged Trump to lớn continue khổng lồ pressure Pence lớn block congressional certification of Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 presidential election, according khổng lồ people familiar with the exchange.
Trump was known for using different phones when he was in the trắng House, according to lớn people familiar with his activities. Occasionally, when he made outbound calls, the number would show up as the white house switchboard’s number, according lớn a former Trump Cabinet official. Other times, he would gọi from different numbers — or no number would appear on the recipient’s phone, the official said.
A Trump spokeswoman said that Trump had nothing to bởi vì with the records và had assumed any & all of his phone calls were recorded và preserved.
In a statement Monday night, Trump said, “I have no idea what a burner phone is, to the best of my knowledge I have never even heard the term.”
One former Trump nhà trắng official disputed that. In an interview Tuesday afternoon, former national security adviser John Bolton said that he recalls Trump using the term “burner phones” in several discussions and that Trump was aware of its meaning. Bolton said he & Trump have spoken about how people have used burner phones lớn avoid having their calls scrutinized.
In a recent court filing, the Jan. 6 committee asserted it has “a good-faith basis for concluding that the President and members of his campaign engaged in a criminal conspiracy lớn defraud the United States” and obstruct the counting of electoral votes by Congress.
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