Classified documents found at Pence’s home in Indiana
Secret token documents were found last week at former Vice President Mike Pence’s Indiana home, officials confirmed Tuesday.
Pence’s team informed the National Archives on January 18 that a small number of documents had been “accidentally boxed and transported to the home of the former vice president” at the end of the last administration. Pence was “unaware of the existence of any sensitive or classified material in his personal residence,” his attorney wrote to the records.
The discoveries at Pence’s residence come as President Biden faces mounting criticism, which also came from Pence, over the discovery of classified documents in Biden’s former office at a Washington, D.C. think tank and at his home. in Delaware.
Greg Jacob, the attorney representing Pence, wrote to the records that Pence had hired an outside attorney experienced in handling classified documents to review documents stored in his personal home after several classified documents were discovered earlier this month in Biden’s home in Delaware.
Lawyers who conducted the search found “a small number of documents that may contain sensitive or classified information scattered throughout the files.”
Pence’s team was unable to provide an exact number of recovered documents or additional descriptions of the materials, as they had been put away until they could be turned over to the National Archives.
“Vice President Pence has directed his officials to cooperate with the National Archives to ensure their speedy and safe return,” Jacobs wrote. “Vice President Pence appreciates the good work of the National Archives staff and trusts that they will provide appropriate guidance in response to this letter.”
The discoveries at Pence’s home make him the third former or current senior U.S. official to hold classified documents since taking office, after Biden and former President Trump. The Presidential Archives Act requires presidents and vice presidents to deposit documents with the National Archives.
While Biden and Pence notified the National Archives and handed over the documents, Trump did not cooperate with federal officials after they asked him to turn over the documents at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida. The battle culminated in an FBI raid last August, and the Justice Department appointed a special counsel to investigate Trump’s handling of classified documents.
Pence was asked last summer in Iowa after the FBI raid if he kept classified information when he left office.
“No, not to my knowledge,” Pence said at the time.
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