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A Watergate prosecutor says the 457-minute gap in Trump’s White House call logs could mean his alleged crimes are ‘incalculably worse’ than Nixon’s

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  • A Watergate prosecutor says Trump’s alleged crimes could be “incalculably worse” than those of Richard Nixon.

  • Jill Wine-Banks compared the 457-minute gap in Trump’s phone logs the day of the Capitol riot to an 18.5-minute gap in Nixon’s records.

  • “A lot can be said in 457 minutes,” Wine-Banks wrote in an op-ed for NBC News.

A prosecutor in the Watergate scandal believes former President Donald Trump’s alleged crimes, which may have been obscured by missing White House phone logs, could be ‘incalculably worse’ than former President Richard’s offenses Nixon.

“It is often said that Nixon’s cover-up was worse than his underlying crime. The reverse is potentially true for Trump,” Jill Wine-Banks wrote in an op-ed published April 2 by NBC.

“The gap between Trump’s records is 25 times longer than Nixon’s, but his alleged crime could be infinitely worse,” she added.

Trump is currently under watch for a seven-hour, 37-minute discrepancy in the White House call logs on the day of the Capitol riot. The absence of those call records also prompted the House Jan. 6 committee to investigate a “possible cover-up.”

“A lot can be said in 457 minutes,” Wine-Banks wrote. “Comparisons to the 18.5 minute gap in a pivotal recording of President Richard Nixon were immediately obvious to me,” she added.

Wine-Banks, who cross-examined Nixon’s secretary in 1973 on the discrepancy, also observed that she was “not the only one making this connection” between Trump and Nixon.

“First, Nixon’s gap appears – in my experience and other experts – to have been a deliberate erasure. Is it Trump’s? We don’t have enough evidence yet to be sure, but the missing piece certainly seems deliberate,” she wrote.

According to Wine-Banks, the omission of vital data in the Trump case was “suspicious” and prompted a “series of urgent follow-up questions.”

“It is unlikely, if not unbelievable, that no one called the President for 457 minutes during a crisis while he was in the White House. Even unanswered calls at the White House should be listed in the official logs “, she wrote.

Wine-Banks added that if the gap in Nixon’s conversation was about “covering up a third-order burglary,” Trump’s calls were likely about the insurgency and plans to nullify free and fair elections in the United States. United.

Watergate was a major political scandal centered on the Nixon administration’s efforts to cover up its involvement in a 1972 burglary at the Democratic National Committee headquarters in Washington, DC. The scandal led to Nixon’s resignation in August 1974.

Parallels have also been drawn between Watergate and the many scandals that plagued the White House during Trump’s presidency.

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