On Tuesday, Mike Pence reported to Congress that he was in possession of classified documents at his home in Carmel, Indiana. The documents come from his time as vice president and he found them on January 16th of this year. Following the discovery of classified documents which belonged to Joe Biden, Pence’s team conducted searches of his Indiana home and the office of his political advocacy group, Advancing American Freedom. Pence’s team then informed the National Archives and the FBI of their findings and put the classified documents into a safe.
The documents were collected by the FBI on January 19th while Pence was away from his home in Washington DC for the annual March for Life. Pence’s team says they are not certain whether the documents are in fact classified, but they bear classified markings. The Department of Justice or the agency that issued the documents will need to make a final determination on whether the documents are considered classified they say.
According to Fox:
According to Pence’s attorney Greg Jacob in a letter to Chief Operating Officer William “Jay” Bosanko of the National Archives and Records Administration on Jan. 22, the DOJ departed from its standard procedures that it ran with Biden, when it requested direct possession of the documents on Jan. 19.
Pence’s team said that although the documents bear classified markings, the Department of Justice or the agency that issues the documents will need to make a final determination on whether the documents are considered classified or not.
Other documents that were not identified as potential classified documents were driven from Indiana to the National Archives in Washington, D.C.
No classified docs were found at Pence’s Advancing American Freedom office.