Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) mentioned lawmakers on the Jan. 6 Home choose committee are deeply within the 7-hour hole in former President Donald Trump’s White Home cellphone logs on the day of the Capitol riot, saying it appears to be “suspiciously tailor-made” to the interval when the unprecedented assault happened.
Raskin, who’s a member of the panel, told CBS News’ “Face the Nation” on Sunday that lawmakers had been capable of piece collectively some particulars about who Trump spoke with that day, however have been nonetheless lacking key info.
“It’s a really uncommon factor for us to seek out, that out of the blue all the pieces goes darkish for a 7-hour interval when it comes to monitoring the actions and the conversations of the president,” Raskin mentioned.
“We’re conscious of different cellphone calls that happened throughout that point that included the president. However we have now no complete, fine-grained, the portrait of what was happening throughout that interval,” he added. “And that’s, clearly, of intense curiosity to us.”
When “Face the Nation” host Margaret Brennan requested if the dearth of information may very well be linked to broader incompetence inside the White Home throughout Trump’s tenure, Raskin mentioned the committee was taking that into consideration.
“It does seem to be the gaps are suspiciously tailor-made to the guts of the occasions,” Raskin mentioned, “however we’re checking that out.”
Final week, Axios reported that Trump’s government assistant Molly Michael was absent for most of Jan. 6, 2021. Her duties included preserving notes on Trump’s scheduled conferences and calls.
Though Trump tried to say government privilege as a way to withhold official paperwork from Jan. 6 panel, President Joe Biden rejected these efforts and the Nationwide Archives turned over the recordsdata earlier this yr.
The Washington Post and CBS News first reported final month that the information despatched to the choose committee confirmed the 7 hour and 37 minute hole on Jan. 6, 2021, which spanned from 11:17 a.m. till 6:54 p.m. Round 1 p.m., a pro-Trump mob, stirred by the president’s claims of a stolen election, stormed the U.S. Capitol.