Haters of former President Donald Trump thought they found a smoking gun to disqualify him from running for reelection in 2024. They will have to continue searching, though, as the baseless comparisons to Watergate have been debunked.
CBS News Tuesday posted a story announcing a seeming gap of almost seven hours from January 6, 2021 White House phone logs.
“BREAKING: CBS News and the Washington Post have obtained White House records turned over to the House, which show a gap in President Donald Trump’s phone logs of seven hours and 37 minutes on January 6,” the legacy media outlet proclaimed in its post.
Liberal network “CNN” also questioned the gap in the presidential phone records during the Capital riot in a Tuesday report. They did note near the end of the article that there may be a reasonable explanation.
“Sources told CNN that Trump had a habit of asking aides to call certain people on his behalf and January 6 committee chair Rep. Bennie Thompson has acknowledged that the use of private cell phones was common in the Trump White House,” wrote Veronica Stracqualursi.
A Thursday analysis published by “The Washington Post” suggested the seeming gap smacked of a coverup, saying coverups can prove criminal intent.
“It’s possible the lack of detail on that call and its exclusion from the call log simply reflected the beginning of 7½ hours of sloppiness,” the Post’s Aaron Blake wrote. “But it could also point to tampering after the fact.”
A Friday “CNN” article attributed to six reporters closed the books on the seeming mystery.
“The six pages of White House switchboard logs for January 6, 2021, are complete based on an official review of White House records, according to a source familiar with the matter,” the report noted. “There are no missing pages and the seven-hour gap is likely explained by use of White House landlines, White House cell phones and personal cell phones that do not go through the switchboard.”
A CNN correspondent Jamie Gangel tweet suggests congressional review of the former president’s phone activity that day is not done.
“That said, the @January6thCmte still wants to know who Trump was talking to and what he was doing and not doing during the attack,” Gangel said. “There are other phone logs and records they can check and ask for.”
“This simply speaks to Trump not using the WH switchboard to place calls.”
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