Another mainstream media narrative about Trump has crumbled.
Earlier this week the abusive January 6 Committee leaked Trump’s internal White House records to the media and accused the former president of a “possible coverup” over a lack of record keeping on 7 hours of phone calls on January 6.
According to call logs obtained by The Washington Post and CBS News, the committee has no records for 457 minutes on January 6, 2021 – between 11:17 am to 6:54 pm.
The media accused Trump of a ‘Nixonesque’ cover-up.
“Trump’s Jan. 6 call are an echo of Nixon’s erased tapes,” the Washington Post said.
It turns out the White House logs are complete and there is no ‘Nixon style’ cover up.
In the seven hours during which White House records show no phone calls to or from then-President Donald Trump on January 6, 2021, among the calls that are conspicuously absent is one Trump made to then-Vice President Mike Pence that morning from the Oval Office.
The mystery of the seven-hour gap has fueled furious speculation as to why calls are missing. That includes allegations that Trump was using “burner phones” (which he has denied) or that the logs were purposely suppressed.
But the gap might have a less mysterious explanation.
According to multiple sources familiar with Trump’s phone behavior and the White House switchboard records, the January 6 log reflects Trump’s typical phone habits. He mainly placed calls through the switchboard when he was in the residence but rarely used it when he was in the Oval Office. The fact the log does not show calls on January 6, 2021, from the Oval Office is not unusual, said the sources, because Trump typically had staff either place calls directly for him on landlines or cell phones. Those calls would not be noted on the switchboard log.
The six pages of White House switchboard logs for January 6, 2021, are complete based on an official review of White House records, according to a source familiar with the matter. There are no missing pages and the seven-hour gap is likely explained by use of White House landlines, White House cell phones and personal cell phones that do not go through the switchboard.
The January 6 committee is now searching for ‘burner phones’ or backchannels Trump may have used that day.
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