The House committee investigating Jan. 6 Capitol riots has begun an investigation. “possible cover-up” of Donald Trump’s phone logs from that violent day, which show an unexplained gap of seven hours and 37 minutes as the president’s supporters invaded the country’s seat of government.
CBS News and The Washington Post jointly reported that documents obtained by the news outlets showed the House records surrendered to the committee had no records of any calls placed by Trump on Jan. 6 from 11:17 a.m. to 6:54 p.m., more than seven hours during which Trump supporters, some carrying weapons, battled overwhelmed police and forced their way into the Capitol, forcing Congress members and Vice President Mike Pence to flee for safety.
The documents said Trump’s diary shows an entry at 11:17 a.m. when he “talked on a phone call to an unidentified person”. The next entry is 457 minutes later – when Trump asked the White House switchboard to place a call to his communications chief, Dan Scavino.
The 11 pages of records consisted of the president’s official diary and the White House switchboard call logs, and were turned over by the National Archives earlier this year to the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack, the outlets reported.
The House panel is currently investigating whether Trump spoke on that day via backchannels. These include the phones of aides as well as personal disposable phones. “burner phones,”Two people familiar with the investigation said that CBS and the Post reported the findings. The news agencies stated that the committee is now investigating whether the log was complete from that day.
Trump stated Monday night in a statement that “I have no idea what a burner phone is, to the best of my knowledge I have never even heard the term.”
Trump spokesperson stated that Trump was not involved in the recording and that he assumed his calls were being recorded and stored.
The lack of documented phone calls stands in stark contrast to extensive reporting about phone conversations Trump had with allies during the attack, including a call made to Republican House Minority leader Kevin McCarthy during the violence.
“I was very clear with the president when I called him,” McCarthy said CBS’s Norah O’Donnell in an interview during the attack. “This has to stop, and he has to go to the American public and tell them to stop this.”
Utah Republican Senator Mike Lee public statementTrump called him while he was evacuating lawmakers in the Capitol. He was certifying the 2020 election results.
A Senate bipartisan report linked seven deaths to Jan. 6 violence. That day saw more than 100 officers of law enforcement get injured.
Trump’s missing phone logs and Richard Nixon’s Watergate cover-up drew comparisons. Both were reported by The Post’s Bob Woodward, who worked with CBS chief election and campaign correspondent Robert Costa in obtaining the Trump documents.
Bill Kristol, editor-at-large of an anti-Trump conservative website called The Bulwark, compared the two presidents’ remarks, writing: “‘I have never obstructed justice … I am not a crook.’ – Richard M Nixon, Nov 17, 1973. ‘I have no idea what a burner phone is …” – Donald J Trump, March 29 2022.’ ”
Trump and his allies have had a rough week.
A judge ruled Monday that Trump had committed multiple felonies because he claimed the election was fraudulent. “stolen”He tried to return to power. Trump attorney John Eastman was ordered to turn over hundreds of emails to the House committee.
“Based on the evidence, the court finds that it is more likely than not that President Trump and Dr. Eastman dishonestly conspired to obstruct the joint session of Congress on January 6, 2021,”Judge David Carter was ruled.
On Monday, also the House committee unanimously voted that Dan Scavino and Peter Navarro, former Trump aides, be held in contempt by Congress for failing cooperate with subpoenas.
“In short: these two men played key roles in the ex-President’s efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 election,”Bennie Thompson, a Democrat hailing from Mississippi, is the chair of the committee. “The Select Committee subpoenaed them for records and testimony to learn more about their roles and what they knew.”
Scavino “strung us along for months before making it clear that he believes he’s above the law,”Thompson agreed. Navarro shared “relevant details on TV and podcasts in his own book,”But “stonewalled us,”Thompson stated.
Vice chair Liz Cheney of Wyoming, one of two Republicans on the committee, said Monday the panel has “already defeated President Trump’s effort to hide certain White House records behind a shield of Executive Privilege.”The same “conclusion should apply to Mr. Scavino and Mr. Navarro,”She spoke.