House Jan. 6 committee concerned over lack of Trump call records: report

The former President defended himself Wednesday by calling the reports "fake news."
President Trump
President Trump
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White House records obtained by the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot do not show any calls made to or from then-President Donald Trump during the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, sources told The New York Times and CNN.

That same day, the House Oversight and Reform Committee wrote a letter to the National Archives inquiring about 15 boxes of presidential records recently recovered from Trump's Mar-a-Lago home, as reported by The Washington Post.

The former President defended himself Wednesday by calling the report of destroying records "fake news."

"The papers were given easily and without conflict and on a very friendly basis, which is different from the accounts being drawn up by the Fake News Media," he wrote. "In fact, it was viewed as routine and 'no big deal.' In actuality, I have been told I was under no obligation to give this material based on various legal rulings that have been made over the years."

Oversight Committee Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) also voiced her concern over "reports that while in office, President Trump repeatedly attempted to destroy presidential records, which could constitute additional serious violations of the PRA [Presidential Records Act]."

Former President Trump was reportedly known for using his personal cell phone. While the committee has subpoenaed the cell phone records from members of the former president's inner circle, it is unknown whether the committee has subpoenaed records from Trump's personal phone.

Maloney slammed Republicans for "obsessively" investigating former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for using a private email account for official communications while Trump may have violated "criminal law by intentionally removing records ... and reportedly attempting to destroy records by tearing them up." 

Trump said he is being treated under a different legal standard than Hilliary Clinton. 

Trump said accusations of destroying records are "camouflage for how horribly our country is doing under the Biden Administration."