White House records turned over to the House show a 7-hour gap in Trump’s Jan. 6 phone log

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Internal White House recordings from the day of the attack on the US Capitol, turned over to the House selection committee, show a seven-hour, 37-minute gap in President Donald Trump’s phone logs, including the period when the building was violently attacked became. according to documents obtained by Robert Costa, chief elections and campaign correspondent for CBS News, and Bob Woodward, associate editor of the Washington Post.

The absence of an official White House record of calls made to or from Trump for 457 minutes on Jan. 6, 2021 — from 11:17 a.m. to 6:54 p.m. — means there are no records of the calls made by Trump as his there supporters landed on the US Capitolfought the overwhelmed police and forcefully entered the building, prompting lawmaker and Vice President Mike Pence to flee for safety.

The 11 pages of records – which consist of the president’s official daily diary and White House switchboard call log – were turned over earlier this year by the National Archives to the House Special Committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack.

Records show that Trump was active on the phone for part of the day, documenting conversations he had with at least eight people in the morning and 11 people in the evening. The gap also stands in stark contrast to the extensive public reporting of phone calls he made with allies during the attack.

The House panel is now investigating whether Trump communicated through return channels, aides’ phones, or personal disposable phones known as “burner phones” that day, according to two people with knowledge of the investigation, who, like others interviewed for this report, said spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive information. The committee also checks whether it has received the full minutes of that day.

Records show that former White House chief strategist Stephen K. Bannon — who said on his Jan. 5 podcast that “all hell will break loose tomorrow” — spoke to Trump twice on Jan. 6.

A spokesman for the committee declined to comment.

In a statement Monday night, Trump said, “I have no idea what a burner phone is, to the best of my knowledge I’ve never heard the term.”

A Trump spokesman said Trump had nothing to do with the recordings and assumed all his phone calls were being recorded and kept.

For more information, see the Washington Post story co-authored by Costa and Woodward.

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