It was revealed by Robert Costa that Donald Trump's White House phone records had seemingly disappeared between 11:17 a.m. to 6:54 p.m. on Jan. 6, 2021. At a time when many leaders said that they were calling the White House, somehow there was no record of it from the White House. It was a tip-off to any investigators that something was being held back or intentionally hidden.
As Molly Jong-Fast recalled Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-AL) both indicated that they spoke to Trump on Jan. 6.
Oh Mike lee\n\nhttps://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2022/03/29/trump-white-house-logs/\u00a0\u2026pic.twitter.com/Yu1tLcyA3P— Molly Jong-Fast (@Molly Jong-Fast) 1648552645
It prompted the Salt Lake City Tribune to ask for an explanation given his past statements.
"So now might be a good time for someone who apparently didn’t really support the rebellion, but who may have failed to raise the alarm when given advance word of the plans, to explain himself," wrote the Tribune. "Someone like Utah Sen. Mike Lee."
The newspaper went on to say that despite never being a Trump supporter in 2016, Lee became a convert. "Apparently that abject subjugation was enough to make Trump think Lee might be on board with a plan to overturn the results of the 2020 election and keep Trump in office — presumably for life," the piece said.
When a profile of Tuberville appeared in the Washington Post, the new senator revealed that Trump accidentally called Lee when he meant to call Tuberville.
"I know we've got problems," Tuberville recalled the president saying as the crowd came into the Capitol. "Protect yourself."
The new report from the Post is something that many legal analysts, political commentators and activists found disturbing, particularly given that it has been over a year since the information was being uncovered.
Former MSNBC host Keith Olbermann recalled that when former President Richard Nixon attempted a cover-up 18 minutes were eliminated from his recordings. In Trump's case, it's over seven hours. Harvard law professor Laurence Tribe agreed with the sentiment, saying that such a massive gap makes Nixon's tapes look like nothing.
Bulletin: The Trump version of the Watergate "18-Minute Gap" is SEVEN HOURS LONG.\n\nArrest. Trump. Now.https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2022/03/29/trump-white-house-logs/\u00a0\u2026— Keith Olbermann (@Keith Olbermann) 1648552414
The \u201cgap in President Donald Trump\u2019s phone logs of seven hours and 37 minutes, including the period when the [Capitol] was being violently assaulted\u201d makes the infamous 18-minute gap in Nixon\u2019s tapes look like nothing in comparisonhttps://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2022/03/29/trump-white-house-logs/\u00a0\u2026— Laurence Tribe (@Laurence Tribe) 1648552063
The news that Trump was possibly using a "burner phone" led to even more questions. Trump told the Post that he's never even heard of the term before.
Ironically, Trump's second son, Eric Trump, threatened to sue the blog "The Palmer Report" because of commentary about a Nov. 2021 Rolling Stone piece saying that Eric and his wife Lara Trump spoke to Jan. 6 organizers on burner phones. The burner phones were used by the Jan. 6 organizers to call the Trumps, not the other way around, according to the piece. Regardless, it means Eric Trump certainly knows what the term means.
Eric Trump knows what a burner phone is, FWIW: https://www.businessinsider.com/eric-trump-threatens-sue-the-palmer-report-burner-phone-report-2021-11?amp\u00a0\u2026https://twitter.com/aaronblake/status/1508767357522616325\u00a0\u2026— Dave Levinthal (@Dave Levinthal) 1648553277
The words "burner phone" and "President of the United States" appearing in the same article seems like our nation maybe has a really big problem we have not resolved yethttps://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2022/03/29/trump-white-house-logs/\u00a0\u2026— Andrea Lynn Keeps Writing (@Andrea Lynn Keeps Writing) 1648554208
Better check to see if @tedcruz had a burner phone and communicated with Trump or anyone involved in the insurrection. We all know he did.https://twitter.com/seungminkim/status/1508762406117384201\u00a0\u2026— Dr. Ginny McDonald (@Dr. Ginny McDonald) 1648554554
Trump claims he\u2019s never heard of a \u201cburner phone.\u201d And Tony Soprano has never heard of a goomah. https://twitter.com/cbsmornings/status/1508765716362797063\u00a0\u2026pic.twitter.com/8MOasWtRzs— Bad Fox Graphics (@Bad Fox Graphics) 1648553785
And TFG has no idea what a burner phone is. Rose Mary Woods \u201cpushed the wrong button\u201d resulting in an 18 min. gap on Nixon tapes. But really, all this makes Watergate seem \u201cquaint\u201d in comparison.https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2022/03/29/trump-white-house-logs/\u00a0\u2026— Kevin B. \ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\uddf8\ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\udde6 (@Kevin B. \ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\uddf8\ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\udde6) 1648552574
During the January 6th insurrection The president of the United States was using a burner phone.\n\nI'm just going to let that sink in for a moment.....— Vic Torious (@Vic Torious) 1648552641
You can see other comments below:
\u201cThe lack of an official White House notation of any calls placed to or by Trump for 457 minutes on Jan. 6, 2021 \u2013 from 11:17 a.m. to 6:54 p.m. \u2013 means the [\u2066@January6thCmte\u2069] has no record of his phone conversations\u2026\u201d during that period of time.https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2022/03/29/trump-white-house-logs/\u00a0\u2026— Katie S. Phang (@Katie S. Phang) 1648552237
The House panel is now investigating whether Trump communicated that day through backchannels, phones of aides or personal disposable phones, known as \u201cburner phones.\u201d \u2066@realBobWoodward\u2069 \u2066@costareports\u2069https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2022/03/29/trump-white-house-logs/\u00a0\u2026— Seung Min Kim (@Seung Min Kim) 1648551963
From 18 1/2 minutes to 457 minutes. Trump beats Nixon in White House cover-up.https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2022/03/29/trump-white-house-logs/\u00a0\u2026— David Corn (@David Corn) 1648552909
Per WaPo this am:\nInternal WH phone logs given to Jan 6th Cmte show a 7 hr/37 mn gap in Trump's calls on J6 from 11:17am to 6:54pm\nBurner phones?\nWH aides phones?\nBecause we know Trump made calls during that period to Lee, Tuberville & McCarthy\n-at leasthttps://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2022/03/29/trump-white-house-logs/\u00a0\u2026— Mona (@Mona) 1648552400
Stephen K. Bannon \u2013 who said on his Jan. 5 podcast that \u201call hell is going to break loose tomorrow\u201d \u2013 spoke with Trump twice on Jan. 6. In a call that morning, Bannon urged Trump to continue to pressure Pence to block Joe Biden\u2019s victoryhttps://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2022/03/29/trump-white-house-logs/\u00a0\u2026— Eugene Scott (@Eugene Scott) 1648551776
White House records from January 6 show a gap in Trump\u2019s phone logs of seven hours and 37 minutes, including the time when the US Capitol was under attack.\n\nThis sounds like the coverup Nixon tried to pull in Watergate with the 18 1/2-minute gap in tapes.https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2022/03/29/trump-white-house-logs/\u00a0\u2026— Keith Boykin (@Keith Boykin) 1648551998
White House records from the day of the attack on the Capitol that were turned over to the House panel show a gap in President Trump\u2019s phone logs of seven hours and 37 minutes, including the period when the building was being violently assaulted - Posthttps://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2022/03/29/trump-white-house-logs/\u00a0\u2026— David Alexander (@David Alexander) 1648551945
Over 7 hours of disappearing Trump phone records makes Nixon's tapes 'look like nothing' www.youtube.com