Trump's White House Phone Records on January 6 Show an 8-hour Gap.

Hikaru M.
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Two persons familiar with the House panel's probe said White House tapes of Trump's phone calls show an almost 8-hour gap as violence erupted and his supporters stormed the Capitol on January 6.

One insider says the lull will be triggered by White House phone conversations between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Jan. 6, 2021.

To protect their identities, they spoke to the AP anonymously.

A congressional panel is looking into the White House log, including the president's daily schedule.

That doesn't mean the panel didn't know what Trump was up to.

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee examined approximately 800 witnesses, including several of Trump's closest advisors.

The House Oversight Committee also has text messages from Mark Meadows, Trump's former chief of staff.

The committee's efforts to put together Trump's day as his supporters stormed Capitol Hill show his practice of evading records regulations.

Many Trump fans attacked police, broke into the Capitol, and disrupted the formal certification of Democrat Joe Biden's 2020 presidential election win, leading the committee to monitor his actions closely.

The lack of records raises questions about Trump's intentions.

Trump reportedly utilized other people's phones in addition to his own.

A former assistant said he often circumvented the White House switchboard, citing a former White House employee.

Calls to the White House often go through mediators.

The committee may or may not have cell phone records.

In August, the panel ordered nearly thirty telecoms and social media providers to archive hundreds of chats.

That request also names Trump, his family, and several of his Republican congressional buddies.

The National Archives and other government institutions may have further information concerning the president's communications.

Hundreds of people have been interviewed, but Trump's executive privilege claims have hampered the panel in some instances.

He has succeeded in exempting some papers from discovery. Still, the committee has had trouble getting witnesses close to the former president and those present at some events to testify.

As president, Biden can override Trump's White House privilege claims, and he did so on Tuesday for Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner.

The panel will interview Kushner, a senior Trump administration official, on Thursday.

The committee has also asked Ivanka Trump to participate in an interview, but she has yet to confirm.

On Jan. 6, Trump spoke to a large crowd at the Ellipse for about eight hours, asking them to march on the Capitol, make their voices heard, and "fight like hell."

He returned to the White House to watch the multitude storm the Capitol from the balcony.

More than 700 people have been arrested.

On that day, Trump made several public phone calls.

According to a person familiar with the conversation, he lobbied Vice President Mike Pence between 11 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

As his congressional pals prepared to question the official vote count, he spoke with several Republican House and Senate members.

According to Republican Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler of Washington state, he had a challenging chat with House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, who asked him to disperse the mob.

Trump reportedly said the rioters were “more unhappy about the election than you.”

Trump also spoke with Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan and Alabama Sen. Tommy Tuberville.

Tuberville claims he spoke to Obama during the Senate's evacuation.

Lee claimed that Trump called Utah Sen. Mike Lee while trying to reach Tuberville.

The White House record does show Trump making calls before the rally.

One person familiar with the documents said Trump spoke with former advisor Steve Bannon, conservative commentator William Bennett, and Fox News's Sean Hannity.

The AP had previously revealed the phone records gap.

The Washington Post and CBS News were the first to publish the gap's actual duration.

Trump would not respond to requests for comment Tuesday, but he has repeatedly slammed the probe and sued to stop records production.

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