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Donald Trump’s call log shows a nearly 8-hour pause as January 6 protesters storm the Capitol | World | News

A bipartisan congressional committee investigating the riots in Washington is fighting legally for the 45th President’s record. Call records appear to show Trump had contact with at least eight people in the morning, including former White House adviser Steve Bannon and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

He also found the 45th President calling 11 people at night.

However, according to the Washington Post and CBS News, the call logs did not record any contact between 11:17 and 6:54 (local time).

Trump greeted supporters in Washington for a ‘Stop The Theft’ rally at midday where he said: “I know that everyone here will soon be marching to the Capitol building to peacefully and patriotically have your voice heard.”

The 45th President concluded his address, as a crowd gathered outside the Capitol, saying: “We are fighting.

“We fought it out and if you don’t fight it out, you won’t have a country anymore.

“So let’s take a walk down Pennsylvania Avenue.”

While not recording calls, Trump continues to use his now-suspended Twitter account to communicate with his supporters.

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After publishing a disparaging tweet about his running mate Mike Pence, the former POTUS urged protesters to “remain peaceful” before releasing a video at 4:17 p.m. telling the crowd to go home.

More than 700 people have been arrested after the incident.

Five people died in the riots, including a policeman.

The phone log gap also emerged despite accounts from several Republicans, including House Minority leader Kevin McCarthy, that show the former President was in contact with GOP officials by telephone in the afternoon.

The record appears to have even omitted a conversation between Trump and Pence in which the 48th Vice President and former Governor of Indiana refused to bow to demands to delay certifying Joe Biden’s victory.

There is a growing concern this could indicate records have been withheld or destroyed.

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A similar omission occurred during Richard Nixon’s Watergate scandal in 1973 when 18 and a half minutes of audio was lost.

However, the President is also suspected of communicating through unofficial channels, including ‘incendiary’ telephones.

In a statement late Monday, the former POTUS said: “I don’t know what a burner phone is, as far as I know, I’ve never even heard of the term.”

A Trump spokesman added that the 45th President had nothing to do with the records and considered any and all of his phone calls to be recorded and stored, CBS has revealed.

Mr Trump also recently issued two statements on his website that continue to peddle unsubstantiated claims that the 2020 Presidential Election was rigged.

First, the 45th President said: “So the Radical Left Democrats in Congress and the Unelected Committee continue to seek the destruction of the lives of very good people, but have no interest in pursuing criminals and thugs who cheat like rabid dogs in the 2020 presidential election.

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“All the evidence is present and conclusive, but they, and the Fake News Media, refuse to see or report it.

“They call it a Big Lie, but the Big Lie is the exact opposite—they’re liars, they’re scammers, and they’re the ones destroying our Country at the polls, the Borders, the gas stations, with our Military, our Veterinarians, Foreign Relations, and everywhere else! “

Second, Trump added: “So let’s get this straight.

“Democrats committed massive and extraordinary voter fraud in the 2020 Presidential Election, and they want Republicans to go to jail for investigating and protesting a very twisted election?

“Republicans must be decisive (and smart!) and not let them escape the Evil of the Century!”

However, federal judge David Carter ruled last week that Trump was “more likely than not” to commit a crime when he tried to overturn the election results.