Ever since President Richard Nixon resigned after being hounded out of office by a couple of Washington Post reporters, the aura of invincibility seems to infect members of the fifth column known as the fourth estate. Reporters relish the opportunity to try to demonstrate that Republicans are simply not fit for office or are engaged in some sort of scandal.
After January 6, 2021, invasion of the Capitol Building, the mainstream media has been consistently calling the operation an “insurrection” and are relentless in trying to link President Donald Trump to the effort.
That being the case, when a seven-hour “gap” was discovered in phone calls through the White House switchboard on January 6, the Washington Post decided that it must be proof that Trump was indeed guilty of…something.
In another bid for the “Worse than Watergate” files, it turns out there is a seven-hour gap in Donald Trump’s phone logs on the day of the insurrection attempt. According to documents obtained by The Post and CBS News, there is no record of then-President Trump’s calls on Jan. 6, 2021, from just after 11 a.m. to shortly before 7 p.m.
The documents, which were turned over to the House select committee examining Jan. 6, do show that Trump had many calls before 11 a.m. and after 6 p.m. that were apparently related to the coup effort. That suggests Trump held many calls related to the insurrection between those two times that are not officially accounted for.
Or, the gap could show that President Trump was traveling to the rally, speaking at the rally, traveling back to the White House after the rally, and then watching the mess at the Capitol Building unfold.
CNN, actually, broke the news that this was a gigantic nothing burger.
— Jamie Gangel (@jamiegangel) 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.