Trump made a Jan.6 call from the White House phone that was omitted from official records

Trump made a Jan.6 call from the White House phone that was omitted from official records
President Donald J. Trump, joined by First Lady Melania Trump, participates in NORAD Santa Tracker phone calls Monday, December 24, 2018, in the State Dining Room of the White House—a Christmas Eve tradition for over 60 years to keep track of Santa’s travels around the world. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)

Phone records containing official White House notations turned over to the House Select Committee have garnered much attention this week as they show a mysterious seven-hour gap in records on the day of the Jan. 6 insurrection on the U.S. Capitol. Now, details about an omitted call are coming to light.

According to HuffPost, the gap has raised multiple questions and concerns about former President Donald Trump's activities during that day and how he managed to take calls. There has been speculation about the former president possibly "using his aides’ phones, or personal disposable 'burner' phones, to talk to people that day."

Despite speculation, Trump has adamantly denied having any knowledge of what a burner phone actually is and even released a statement saying such. “I have no idea what a burner phone is, to the best of my knowledge I have never even heard the term,” Trump said in a statement to multiple news outlets.

However, former U.S. national security adviser John Bolton pushed back against that claim. “I can’t understand what the former president is saying because I heard him use the term ‘burner phone’ a number of times,” Bolton said. “It’s hardly like it’s some obscure, highly classified set of words.”

Bolton also went a step further revealing he'd personally heard Trump speak of burner phones. He added, “I heard him mention it, so you’ll have to guess what the reason for his statement is.”

Per HuffPost, the call omitted from White House records raised speculation because is suggests, "someone may have intentionally violated protocol in order to shield Trump’s activities, although it is not clear exactly how they would do that.


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