White House records from January 6 show gap of more than seven hours in Trump calls: Washington Post/CBS

CNN first reported in February that records released earlier this year by the National Archives to the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack showed no records of phone calls for several hours made to or from Trump as the violence unfolded on Capitol Hill.

The 11-page White House presidential diary, which is an account of the president’s daily activities, and the White House switchboard call logs show phone calls Trump had with at least eight people on the morning of the Jan. 6 and 11 people that night — unrated calls from 11:17 a.m. ET to 6:54 p.m., according to the Post and CBS, which obtained the tapes.

The lack of documentation of Trump’s calls leaves congressional investigators with holes so far in their understanding of what happened in January. The committee subpoenaed the phone records of more than 100 people.

House investigators are now looking into whether Trump communicated on Jan. 6 via back channels, assistant phones or burner phones, two people with knowledge of the investigation told The Post and CBS.

CNN first reported that tapes show Trump had a phone call with Ohio Republican Rep. Jim Jordan on the morning of Jan. 6.
Call recordings obtained by the Post and CBS show Trump had brief calls with his former chief White House strategist Stephen Bannon, who promoted the upcoming DC protests on Jan. 6 and often spread theories voter fraud conspiracy on his podcast, the Post and CBS reported. . The two men spoke on the morning of Jan. 6 for about a minute and later at 10:19 p.m. that evening, the Post and CBS reported.

The recordings also list two phone calls between Trump and his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, according to the Post and CBS.

Giuliani did not respond to the Post and CBS request for comment. Bannon declined to comment to the media through a representative.

At 9:02 a.m., Trump had attempted to call then-Vice President Mike Pence, and the operator told Trump a message had been left for Pence, the Post and CBS reported.

The White House daily log also includes a call Trump made on the morning of January 6 to an “unidentified person” – the last call he had until the night of January 6, according to the two news outlets. hurry.

A spokeswoman for Trump told the Post and CBS that Trump had nothing to do with White House records and assumed his calls were recorded and stored.

“I have no idea what a burner phone is. To my knowledge, I’ve never even heard of the term,” Trump told The Post and CBS in a statement Monday.

Notable calls

White House Journals also note that Trump spoke with others, including Republican Senator David Perdue of Georgia, conservative commentator William J. Bennett and Fox News host Sean Hannity. They did not respond to requests for comment from Post and CBS.

White House records did not mention notable phone calls Trump made to House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Republicans Sens. Utah’s Mike Lee and Alabama’s Tommy Tuberville, which were widely reported by CNN and others.
CNN previously reported that McCarthy and Trump had a profanity-filled phone call as the Capitol was under attack, during which Trump said the rioters cared more about the election results than McCarthy.

Tuberville spoke with Trump for less than 10 minutes that day, with the president trying to convince the senator to make additional objections to the Electoral College vote to try to block Congress’ certification of President-elect Joe Biden’s victory, a source close to the call. told CNN.

According to the Post and CBS, Trump’s calls listed that night were to aides and advisers, including Daniel Scavino Jr., White House attorney Pat Cipollone, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany and political adviser Jason Miller, with whom he spoke for 18 minutes.

Trump also spoke with lawyers supporting his fight against the 2020 election results, including conservative attorney Cleta Mitchell, who worked with Trump to challenge Biden’s victory in Georgia, the Post and CBS reported.

Others Trump called on Jan. 6 included Kurt Olsen, who was advising Trump on the legal challenges to the election; senior Trump adviser Stephen Miller; Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell; and Republican Senator Josh Hawley of Missouri, the Post and CBS reported. A McConnell aide told the media that the Republican from Kentucky declined Trump’s appeal. It’s unclear if Trump has reached Hawley, according to the Post and CBS.

Common use of private cell phone

Sources told CNN that Trump used to have aides call certain people on his behalf and Jan. 6 Committee Chairman’s representative Bennie Thompson acknowledged that the use of private cellphones was common in the Trump White House.

A former Trump White House staffer told CNN that Trump’s calls on personal cellphones were rarely tracked or recorded.

On the morning of January 6, Trump delivered a speech at the “Save America Rally” on the National Mall and urged his supporters to march to the Capitol and “fight like hell” to stop lawmakers from certifying the results of the elections. 2020 election. Records note that Trump returned to the White House at 1:19 p.m. and “met his valet” at 1:21 p.m., according to the Post and CBS.

According to documents obtained by the Post and CBS, the next event listed in the Presidential Log is Trump going to the Rose Garden at 4:03 p.m. to record a video message, in which he told the crowd attacking the Capitol to “go home. him”. and we love you.” Records indicate that Trump returned to the Oval Office at 4:07 p.m. and then proceeded to the second-floor residence at 6:27 p.m., the Post and CBS reported.

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