Democrats Furious After Realizing Trump May Have Used Burner Phones

( Two media outlets are reporting that the White House phone logs that the National Archives recently turned over to the House January 6 investigating committee show an almost eight-hour gap in the presidential diary for former President Donald Trump.

CBS News and The Washington Post recently reported on the details of the White House phone logs. Some Democrats are now saying that this rather large gap is leading them to believe that there was a cover-up going on, with it being possible that Trump used “burner phones” that are disposable to avoid having his calls recorded.

Reporters Robert Costa and Bob Woodward got 11 pages of the logs from January 6, 2021. That report notes a “lack of an official White House notation of any calls placed to or by Trump for 457 minutes on January 6, 2021 — from 11:17 a.m. to 6:54 p.m.”

The House committee that is investigating the attacks on the U.S. Capitol building on January 6 of that year — as well as the events leading up to and following it — don’t have any record of phone conversations Trump had while the building was being attacked.

The main question, then, is how was the former president communicating with any people who were close to him at the time. The House committee has been investigating people close to Trump at the time, looking for any signs the president may have been involved in the planning of the rally before the attacks and/or the attacks themselves.

According to the reporting by Costa and Woodward:

“The records show that Trump was active on the phone for part of the day, documenting conversations that he had with at least eight people in the morning and 11 people that evening. The … gap also stands in stark contrast to the extensive public reporting about phone conversations he had with allies during the attack, such as a call Trump made to Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) — seeking to talk to Senator Tommy Tuberville (R-Ala.) — and a phone conversation he had with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.).”

As a result of this revelation, the House committee is trying to figure out whether the former president used any backchannels to communicate on that day as a way to cover up his involvement. This could be by using phones that belonged to any aides or whether he even used “burner phones.”

Committee members are also wondering aloud whether they’ve received the full White House call logs from that day, according to the reporters.

The report continued:

“One lawmaker on the panel said the committee is investigating a ‘possible coverup’ of the official White House record from that day. Another person close to the committee said the large gap in the records is of ‘intense interest’ to some lawmakers on the committee, many of whom have reviewed copies of the documents.”

Trump, those close to him and any of his allies are unlikely to comment on this, but the gap is likely to cause quite the stir in Washington.