Donald Trump’s 6 January call logs show a seven-hour gap.
The White House has released the president’s phone records for the day in question. The logs show that Trump had a seven-hour gap between calls with two foreign leaders, one of which was Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.
Trump had a call with Turnbull at 1 pm, and then there was a seven-hour gap until his call with Putin at 10 pm.
The White House has not yet given an explanation for this seven-hour gap.
The bipartisan congressional committee investigating the attack fought a long legal battle to obtain presidential documents that could shed light on the president’s activities and his closest associates that day.
Logs show the president contacted at least eight people this morning, including former White House adviser Steve Bannon and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who both plan to try to reverse President Trump’s failure, according to CBS data. . News, BBC. Information Partners of the United States and The Washington Post. He also recorded calls with 11 people at night. But they did not record any connection between 11:17 and 18:45 local time (16:17 and 23:45 Moscow time).
This contrasts with several Republican members of Congress reports, including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Senators Mike Lee of Utah and Tommy Tuberville of Alabama, that they spoke on the phone with the president that day. The recordings also do not show a late-morning phone conversation between Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, in which the latter again rejected the president’s increasingly angry requests to delay confirmation of Joe Biden’s victory as president. This could signify that the president communicated through unofficial channels, such as an aide’s device or an undisclosed personal mobile phone.
The gap could raise concerns that the president’s contact records at critical moments, when US Capitol police engaged Trump supporters and intelligence officials evacuated Mr Pence from the Senate floor, have been hidden or destroyed. It could provoke allegations of a cover-up reminiscent of what was revealed in the 1973 Watergate investigation when Oval Office audiotapes provided to Congressional investigators contained 18 and a half minutes of missing audio. Accusations of the president’s involvement in a criminal conspiracy led to the resignation of Richard Nixon the following year.
As the congressional investigation into the 6th Jan attacks enters its ninth month, more documents before the committee enter the public eye. According to a text message from Virginia Thomas to former Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows, the wife of conservative Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas was actively involved in the challenge. 2020 election results appear to be promoting related conspiracy theories. The committee is now deciding whether to subpoena her to testify. A federal judge ruled Monday that a congressional committee could access dozens of emails by California law professor John Eastman sent to Trump.
The judge, dismissing Eastman’s claims to protect attorney-client privilege in his communications with the president, said it was “more likely than not” that the two men were involved in a criminal conspiracy to defraud the United States by disrupting electoral certification. “Their campaign was not limited to the ivory tower: it was a coup
searching for a legal theory,” he wrote. The decision could increase pressure on Biden’s Justice Department to file criminal charges against the former president.