The House panel investigating the January 6 Capitol uprising marked an eight-hour gap in official records of then-President Donald Trump’s phone call as violence erupted and his supporters stormed the building.
It is widely reported that Trump held talks with several Republican lawmakers on Jan. 6. House investigators are investigating whether the president communicated in any other way at the time, perhaps through personal cellphones, burner phones or any other type of communication – such as a phone call from an aide. The committee has subpanned the cellphone companies for the record and is waiting for the data.
The committee continues to receive records from the National Archives and other sources, which may provide additional information.
But the lack of information about Trump’s call is a frustrating challenge for investigators as they work to create the most comprehensive record of the attack so far, with hundreds of his supporters violently beating police with a particular focus on what the president is doing at the White House. , Enters the Capitol and prevents Democrat Joe Biden from certifying victory in the presidential election. This raises the question of whether Trump deliberately evaded the official channels to avoid the record.
At the time of the disappearance, Trump went to a rally in Ellipse, gave a speech, then saw violent mobs enter the US Capitol, unleashed police and looting the building for hours, and the building was declared safe before finally evacuating them. 5:30 pm More than 700 people have been arrested in the violence.
The record gap was previously reported by AP. The exact length of the interval was first reported by the Washington Post.
The committee focused on Trump’s move that day as he waited for hours for his supporters to stop the violence and leave the Capitol. The panel is also interested in organizing and financing a rally that morning in Washington where Trump told his supporters to “fight like hell.” Among the unanswered questions was how close organizers of the rally coordinated with White House officials.
In many cases, the committee may not need to confirm Trump’s call directly from the White House. Lawmakers have already interviewed more than 500 witnesses, including several from Trump’s inner circle who may be able to fill that gap. However, they have been hampered by claims of executive privilege over the former president’s personal conversations, which has led many witnesses to refuse to answer certain questions.
For example, committee members voted unanimously on Monday to deny former Trump advisers Peter Navarro and Dan Scavino their month-long subpoena for insulting Congress.