CNN faced another public humiliation this week after the network was forced to back-track on another Trump-related conspiracy theory: This one regarding the official White House phone records on January 6th.
“Former President Trump’s White House phone records that were given to the January 6th Committee show a more than 7-hour gap in the calls on the day of the attack… The panel is now investigating whether he was using back-channels, or even burner phones to talk to people,” said CNN’s Brianna Keilar Thursday.
The network “clarified” its position less than 24 hours later.
Official review of Trump phone logs from January 6 finds record is complete.
In the seven hours during which White House records show no phone calls to or from then-President Donald Trump on January 6, 2021, among the calls that are conspicuously absent is one Trump made to then-Vice President Mike Pence that morning from the Oval Office.
While the call is not specifically noted in the presidential diary or the presidential call log, its existence has been corroborated by multiple sources who were with Trump and Pence that day, including former aides who testified before the House select committee investigating the US Capitol attack.
And it’s not the only call Trump is known to have made in that timeframe that is not reflected in the records.
The mystery of the seven-hour gap has fueled furious speculation as to why calls are missing. That includes allegations that Trump was using “burner phones” (which he has denied) or that the logs were purposely suppressed.
But the gap might have a less mysterious explanation.
According to multiple sources familiar with Trump’s phone behavior and the White House switchboard records, the January 6 log reflects Trump’s typical phone habits. He mainly placed calls through the switchboard when he was in the residence but rarely used it when he was in the Oval Office. The fact the log does not show calls on January 6, 2021, from the Oval Office is not unusual, said the sources, because Trump typically had staff either place calls directly for him on landlines or cell phones. Those calls would not be noted on the switchboard log.