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This List of Liberals Who Fell for the Missing Trump Phone Logs Conspiracy Theory Is Long

A new CNN report has derailed critics’ scrutiny of a missing seven-hour gap of former President Donald Trump’s phone logs on the day of the Capitol attack.

SO WHAT

Add this to the pile of debunked anti-Trump conspiracies.

WHAT HAPPENED

White House records obtained Tuesday by the House select committee investigating the Capitol attack show a seven-hour gap in Trump’s phone calls on Jan. 6, while the riot was ongoing, The Washington Post and CBS reported.

  • The development has fueled speculation the logs were intentionally suppressed or that Trump was using “burner phones.”
  • The Jan. 6 Committee is investigating a “possible coverup” of the former president’s contacts on the day of the attack, one of the Committee’s members told the Post.
  • Calls Trump is known to have made, including one to then-Vice President Mike Pence from the Oval Office, are missing from the record.

Some critics have said the quiet part out loud, theorizing that the missing call logs contain evidence implicating Trump in the Capitol attack.

WHAT GOT DEBUNKED

However, new reporting from CNN and Axios indicates there’s no sinister conspiracy behind the gap in Trump’s Jan. 6 phone records.

Based on an official review of records, the White House switchboard logs are complete and the controversial seven-hour gap is likely explained by the use of landlines and cell phones, CNN reported, citing a source familiar with the matter.

  • In addition, the Jan. 6 log “reflects Trump’s typical phone habits,” according to “multiple sources familiar with Trump’s phone behavior and the White House switchboard records.”
  • Axios’ reporting on Thursday further bolstered the notion that the phone log gap is a result of perhaps spotty record keeping, not deliberate deceit.

Trump’s executive assistant, Molly Michael, who was entrusted with keeping notes on the former president’s unscheduled meetings and calls, was absent for most of the day on Jan. 6.

WHO GOT DUPED

In the face of recent developments, a slew of journalists, pundits and Trump critics were left with egg on their faces.

Susan Glasser, New Yorker staff writer

Majid Padellan, also known as “Brooklyn Dad,” a popular anti-Trump Twitter personality

The USA Singers, “1st band of the #Resistance”

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, a government accountability watchdog group

David Weissman, anti-Trump Twitter personality

Caroline Orr Bueno, feminist author

Palmer Report, liberal blog

Rick Wilson, co-founder of the Lincoln Project

Greg Sargent, Washington Post columnist

Scott Dworkin, co-founder of the Democratic Coalition

Keith Olbermann, left-wing political commentator

Richard Ojeda, Democratic politician

Peter Strzok, disgraced FBI agent

Keith Boykin, CNN political commentator

Brent Spiner, American actor

Raw Story, liberal blog

John Cleese, British actor and comedian

Bob Woodward, legendary reporter

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