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WATCH: Preet Bharara Explains How Investigators May Be Reverse-Engineering Trump’s 1/6 Calls

WATCH: Preet Bharara Explains How Investigators May Be Reverse-Engineering Trump’s 1/6 Calls

A president does several things each day that are logged for preservation. And one of those written down is their phone logs. This week, 1/6 investigators noted significant gaps in Donald Trump’s call logs for that day.

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During a Friday appearance on CNN, Preet Bharara was asked how investigators may handle the gaps. The former federal prosecutor told Don Lemon, “Remember, when you subpoena records, you’re not getting the actual content of conversations. What you’re trying to do is establish connections between people, moments of communication, pinpoint times. So I think they have a very strong case to get all that.”

Bharara continued, “It sounds like it’s the case that the committee is aware of conversations that took place between Donald Trump and other people, including Mark Meadows, maybe Vice President Pence, and others. And so knowing that those conversations took place, and not being able to pinpoint an actual record of a call from a Trump phone to the other person’s phone, suggests a gap.”

The former prosecutor closed:

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“I think they can reverse engineer that to the extent that it’s possible, by figuring out who the person was that was called, being sure that that call was made, and then seeing the numbers from which those calls happened. My guess is they’re taking a go at that, and they’ll get more information in the future, but I think they need to figure out every single device used by Donald Trump on that day and the days leading up to it so they can get a full picture.”

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