A review of former President Donald Trump’s Jan. 6, 2021 phone logs found that a seven-hour gap likely is not as eye-opening as critics hoped, CNN reported Friday.
A source told CNN that six pages of White House switchboard logs for Jan. 6 were complete based on an official review of records.
There are no missing pages, and a seven-hour gap likely was explained by use of White House landlines, White House cell phones and personal cell phones that do not go through the switchboard.
CNN reported that the seven-hour gap likely was not due to what Trump critics have alleged, that the then-president used “burner phones” — something he has denied — or that the logs were suppressed.
Multiple CNN sources also said Trump’s typical phone habits contributed to the gap. The then-president rarely placed calls through the switchboard when he was in the Oval Office — something he usually did from the White House.
Also, Axios reported that Trump executive assistant Molly Michael was absent for most of Jan. 6 for personal reasons. Keeping handwritten notes on Trump’s unscheduled meetings and calls was part of Michael’s duties, the media outlet added.
The fact the switchboard log does not show Jan. 6 calls from the Oval Office is not unusual, sources told CNN, because Trump typically had staff members either place calls directly for him on landlines or cell phones. Those calls would not be noted on the log.
Other former presidents did likewise. An ex-White House staffer told CNN that if then-President Barack Obama wanted to make a call to someone from the Oval Office, he normally would ask an aide to dial the person. Continue reading at Newsmax.