Investigators find gaps in white house logs of Trump’s January 6 Calls

Peter Navarro, former trade adviser to former President Donald Trump, speaks outside of the White House in Washington, October 30, 2020. (Photo: NYTimes)
WASHINGTON — The House committee investigating the January 6 attack on the Capitol has discovered gaps in official White House telephone logs from the day of the riot, finding few records of calls by President Donald Trump from critical hours when investigators know that he was making them.اضافة اعلان

Investigators have not uncovered evidence that any official records were tampered with or deleted, and it is well known that Trump used his personal cellphone, and those of his aides, routinely to talk with aides, congressional allies and outside confidants.

But the sparse call records are the latest major obstacle to the panel’s central mission: re-creating what Trump was doing behind closed doors during crucial moments of the assault on Congress by a mob of his supporters.

The panel is still awaiting additional material from the National Archives and Records Administration, which keeps the official White House logs, and from telecommunications companies that have been subpoenaed for the personal cellphone records of Trump’s inner circle, like his son, Eric, and Kimberly Guilfoyle, the fiancee of Trump’s son Donald Trump Jr.

The call logs obtained by the committee document who was calling the White House switchboard, and any calls that were being made from the White House to others. Trump had a habit throughout his presidency of circumventing that system, making it far more difficult to discern who he was communicating with.

Since the Jan. 6, 2021, attack, former Trump administration officials have said that investigators would struggle to piece together a complete record of Trump’s conversations that day, because of his habit of using his and other people’s cellphones. At least one person who tried to reach Trump on his cellphone Jan. 6 had their call picked up by one of his aides.

Few details of what Trump did inside the White House as rioters stormed the Capitol are known. He was watching television as the riot played out on cable news, and several aides including his daughter, Ivanka Trump, implored him to say something to try to tell the rioters to stop.

The committee has learned in recent weeks that Trump spoke on the phone with Vice President Mike Pence and Republican lawmakers on the morning of Jan. 6 as he pushed to overturn the election. But many of the calls the committee is aware of did not show up in the official logs.

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