Earlier this week Pelosi’s hack January 6th committee had thought they’d found proof of Trump’s guilt in leading the so-called “insurrection” on January 6th, 2021. They released news that Trump’s phone records had a glaring gap in it of about 8 hours during the time in which the Capitol riot was happening and the media quickly picked it up and ran with it:
The House panel investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection has identified a roughly eight-hour gap in official records of then-President Donald Trump’s phone calls as the violence unfolded and his supporters stormed the building, a source told @AP. https://t.co/lKUfWMhxWo
— The Associated Press (@AP) March 29, 2022
White House records show an unexplained gap of more than seven hours in the record of former President Donald Trump's telephone calls the day of the attack on the U.S. Capitol https://t.co/fyNYfMuKsX pic.twitter.com/SnUxFsyuKC
— Reuters (@Reuters) March 29, 2022
— The Lead CNN (@TheLeadCNN) March 29, 2022
White House records of former Pres. Trump on the day of the January 6th riot revealed a seven-and-a-half-hour gap in his call log. @costareports has the latest on this exclusive report obtained by CBS News and the Washington Post. pic.twitter.com/9vX8f1VFbC
— CBS Evening News (@CBSEveningNews) March 29, 2022
Breaking WaPo: Internal White House records from the day of the Capitol attack that were turned over to the Jan. 6 Committee show a gap in Trump's phone logs of 7 hours and 37 minutes, including the period when the building was being violently assaulted.https://t.co/o5uQg1LEhN
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) March 29, 2022
7 hour and 37 minute gap in Trump’s phone records on Jan. 6 https://t.co/0JDAoNgJRD
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) March 29, 2022
Phone records from the Trump White House reveal a 7-hour gap during the most crucial hours of the Jan. 6 Capitol attack.
The logs also provide more details of calls Trump made to GOP lawmakers that day.https://t.co/K3RYqvrCB3
— NPR (@NPR) March 29, 2022
As you can see here, the garbage media thought they had the scandal of a lifetime. You can see how quickly they moved in to promote this story.
And by the way, when I saw the garbage media ran with it, I mean they ALL ran with it. I saw way more articles and tweets on this than I’m posting here because there’s just too many.
Not only did they run with it, some started digging into the story and found new details that made it all the more SCANDALOUS:
SCOOP: On Jan. 6, during an apparent 7-hour gap in White House call logs that the House select committee is now trying to piece together, Trump's then-executive assistant was absent for most of the day, three sources with direct knowledge tell Axios.https://t.co/MZiHPVLeFt
— Axios (@axios) March 31, 2022
The typical Trump haters were all over breathlessly promoting this story:
We know the people who received calls or talked to Trump during the gap: Mike Lee, Jim Jordan, Mike Pence, etc. Get their records, identify the incoming number, and then you’ve got the phone(s) Trump was using.
— Asha Rangappa (@AshaRangappa_) March 29, 2022
The gap in call records began at 11:17 am.
The Capitol was breached at approximately 1:30 pm.
This isn’t a case of realizing that something crazy is happening and deciding to hide communications while taking advantage of it in the moment.
It means that it was premeditated.
— Asha Rangappa (@AshaRangappa_) March 30, 2022
"Who cares about a 7 hour gap in the White House call records because HuNTerZ LApT0p" will be tonight's talking point on the Tuckadoodledo White Power Hour.
— Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) March 29, 2022
Consciousness of guilt.
“Internal White House records from the day of the attack on the U.S. Capitol…show a gap in President Donald Trump’s phone logs of seven hours and 37 minutes, including the period when the building was being violently assaulted.” https://t.co/TEfWYJnVQy
— Peter Strzok (@petestrzok) March 29, 2022
Again, there are too many tweets to do it justice, but you get the idea.
After all of this breathless and scandalous media reporting spawned by Pelosi’s hack January 6th Committee, it turns out that there was nothing missing from the records. CNN said an official review was done and the records are complete:
CNN Breaking: The 6 pages of WH switchboard logs for 1/6 are complete based on an official review of White House records, according to a source familiar with the matter. There are no missing pages & the 7 hour gap is likely explained by use of WH landlines & cell phones link👇🏻
— Jamie Gangel (@jamiegangel) April 1, 2022
Official review of Trump White House phone logs from January 6 finds record is complete https://t.co/prpLZHOjL7
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) April 1, 2022
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.
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. 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.
The missing calls also underscore something more endemic: the imperfect and antiquated system of tracking a president’s communications.
The White House call log is generated by a switchboard system that dates back to the 1960s, according to the National Archives. The version installed in 1963 was already considered “somewhat outdated” just two decades later.
And it’s certainly not one suited for the era of cell phones and text messages or to a President well known for his efforts to circumvent official channels of communications.
CNN gets a nice pot shot at Trump there at the end, but still points out that there was nothing to see here because the logs are complete. There was never any scandal here despite how quickly the garbage media jumped in to make one.
As an aside, you saw above that NPR rushed to pick up this story too. Just to remind you….
— NPR Public Editor (@NPRpubliceditor) October 22, 2020
They couldn’t be bothered to cover a real story because it was not really a story. It was just a distraction. But they were quick to jump on this Trump story, which turned out be everything they claimed Hunter Biden’s laptop story was in 2020.