By Jill Colvin | Associated Press
NEW YORK – Documents bearing classified marks were discovered last week at the home of former Vice President Mike Pence in Indiana, his lawyer told the National Archives in a letter – the latest in a series of discoveries confidential information in private residences.
The files “appear to be a small number of documents bearing classified marks that were inadvertently boxed and transported to the former vice president’s personal home at the end of the last administration,” Pence’s attorney wrote. , Greg Jacob, in the letter shared with The Associated Press.
He said Pence “hired an outside attorney, with experience handling classified documents, to review records stored in his personal home after it became public knowledge that documents with classified marks were found. at President Joe Biden’s residence in Wilmington.
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The Justice Department is already using special advocates to investigate the presence of documents bearing classification marks from former President Donald Trump’s Florida estate and Biden’s home and former Washington office. The department says about 300 documents marked classified, including at the top secret level, have been removed from Mar-a-Lago, and officials are trying to determine whether Trump or anyone else should be charged with unlawful possession of them. these documents or to try to obstruct the criminal investigation which has been going on for months.
Pence’s attorney said in his letter that the former vice president “was not aware of the existence of any sensitive or classified documents at his personal residence” and “understands the great importance of protecting sensitive information and classified and stands ready and willing to cooperate fully with the National Archives and any appropriate investigation.
Jacob said Pence immediately secured the discovered documents in a locked safe. And according to a follow-up letter from the attorney dated Jan. 22, FBI agents went to Pence’s residence to retrieve the documents.
A Justice Department spokesperson declined to comment on Tuesday, and a lawyer for Pence did not immediately respond to an email seeking clarification.
Pence told The Associated Press in August that he took no classified information with him when he left office.
When asked directly if he kept any such information, he replied, “No, not to my knowledge.”
In a January interview with Fox Business, Pence described a “very formal process” used by his office to handle classified information as well as the steps taken by his lawyers to ensure none were caught with him.
“Before leaving the White House, the lawyers on my team went through all the documents at the White House and in our offices there and at the Vice President’s residence to ensure that all documents that were to be given to the National archives, including classified documents, have been handed over. So we went through a very careful process in that regard,” Pence said.