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Clarence Page: Burner phones and Ginni Thomas’ paranoid ways

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02.04.2022

Character, according to an old saying, is defined by what you do when you think nobody’s looking. So, one might say, are a lot of criminal indictments.

That’s particularly true in Washington, where investigations of the Jan. 6, 2021, attack by a pro-Trump mob on the U.S. Capitol show how many secrets can be revealed when somebody keeps looking, especially if they have subpoena power.

Take, for example, the recent surge in Washington chatter about “burner phones.”

Fans of “The Wire,” HBO’s excellent police drama from the early 2000s, know “burners” to be the cheap cellphones that drug dealers, among others, can quickly throw away when they think the cops are on their trail.

Burners have turned up recently in connection with a very different sort of mystery, as first reported by CBS News and The Washington Post: an unexplained seven-hour gap in the White House phone logs for Jan. 6, 2021.

Ah, yes, that also happens to be the hours when the U.S. Capitol was being attacked by the pro-Trump mob. We know from numerous reports and firsthand accounts that the then-president held at that time with Vice President Mike Pence, House Minority Leader Kevin........

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