Investigators for the House select committee looking into the Jan. 6th insurgency, Gloria Borger and Jamie Gangel, have their work cut out for them as they try to dig down all of Donald Trump’s phone conversations before and during the disturbance that drove lawmakers running for their lives.
The previous president was known among his close aides for forcing them to use their cell phones to make and receive calls, which might lead the House committee to want even more phone records from Trump’s closest circle as they try to put together what happened in the White House that day.
Due to his proximity to the Oval Office, former White House employee Dan Scavino’s phone was frequently used by the one-term president. Scavino is presently fighting a subpoena for his Verizon phone records.
“The lawsuit — still in its earliest stage — has temporarily stopped the phone company from giving logs of his calls and subscriber information to the House,” the report notes.
CNN reports that former White House chief of staff John Kelly tried to bring order to the chaotic Oval Office by insisting on keeping phone logs, which resulted in a fight with Trump.
“When Gen. John Kelly became Trump’s chief of staff in July 2017, he tried to clean up the messy phone process inside the White House — and his boss hated it, according to a former White House official. Kelly tried to keep call logs and screen Trump’s calls, but the President bristled at the restrictions because he didn’t want Kelly to know with whom he was speaking, the former official said,” CNN is reported.
According to a former White House official, when Gen. John Kelly became Trump’s chief of staff in July 2017, he attempted to clean up the White House’s chaotic phone system, which his boss despised. Kelly attempted to retain phone logs and screen Trump’s calls, but the President resented the limits, claiming that he didn’t want Kelly to know who he was speaking with.
According to a person familiar with the situation, all calls during the previous administration were routed through official White House channels, including the residence, the switchboard, the Situation Room, and the signal operator. There was no way past the stringent regulations.
“It just didn’t happen,” the source said. “There was no circumventing that.” The source then added that most calls were by appointment.
Furthermore, according to the source, then-President Barack Obama would never have been allowed to make calls on the phone of an aide or Secret Service agent. “Heavens, no,” the insider stated emphatically.