As The Guardian reported Thursday, as the attack on the US Capitol unfolded last January, President Donald Trump made at least one call using a White House phone, which is to be recorded in the day’s call log. Should have been, but it was not.
The call was to Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah), although Trump actually meant to dial Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-Ala). He spoke to both men on the call, and their brief conversation was reported in the days following the January 6, 2021 attack – but the new details call into question the possibility of the White House tampering with official records.
The Washington Post and CBS reported earlier this week that phone logs were shown to the House committee investigating the attack over a seven-hour and 37-minute span when a crowd of angry Trump supporters stormed the Capitol building. Had given.
The longer gap raises the possibility that Trump was using his aides’ phones, or personal disposable “burner” phones, to talk to people that day. Although Trump also denied knowing what the “burner phones” were in a statement to the Washington Post, former national security adviser John Bolton denied the claim, saying he told Trump to use burner phones to hide conversations. Heard talking about the benefits of doing it.
But Trump was using a White House phone when Trump dialed Lee, according to The Guardian, which cited two sources familiar with the matter.
When the president calls from the White House phone, it must generate data that is included in the presidential call log, the newspaper said, noting that the log is supposed to be a comprehensive record of all calls involving the president that day.
If the call was not included, it means that someone may have deliberately violated protocol to shield Trump’s activities, although it is unclear exactly how they would do so.
Several people are believed to have tried to contact the president during the attack and pleaded with him to do something to stop it. Exactly what Trump was doing as his supporters attacked law enforcement and violently entered the Capitol is of particular interest to the committee and the public.