Classified paperwork have been discovered on the former US vice chairman’s residence in Indiana, his lawyer has mentioned.
The information “appear to be a small number of documents bearing classified markings that were inadvertently boxed and transported to the personal home of the former vice president at the end of the last administration,” Mike Pence’s lawyer, Greg Jacob, instructed the National Archives in a letter final week.
He mentioned Mr Pence “was unaware of the existence of sensitive or classified documents at his personal residence” and he “understands the high importance of protecting sensitive and classified information and stands ready and willing to cooperate fully with the National Archives and any appropriate inquiry”.
Mr Jacob mentioned Mr Pence instantly secured the paperwork in a locked secure.
FBI brokers went to Mr Pence’s residence to gather the categorised paperwork, his consultant mentioned in a separate letter.
When Mr Pence was requested in August whether or not he had taken any categorised info with him when he left workplace, he instructed the Associated Press: “No, not to my knowledge.”
In an interview with Fox Business this month, he described a “very formal process” utilized by his workplace to deal with categorised info, in addition to steps taken by his legal professionals to make sure none had been taken with him.
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“Before we left the White House, the attorneys on my staff went through all the documents at both the White House and our offices there and at the vice president’s residence to ensure that any documents that needed to be turned over to the National Archives, including classified documents, were turned over,” he mentioned.
“So we went through a very careful process in that regard.”
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It comes after high secret paperwork had been uncovered throughout an FBI search of Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence in Florida.
The Justice Department mentioned about 300 paperwork marked categorised, together with on the top-secret degree, had been taken from the property.
Officials are working to find out whether or not Mr Trump or anybody else ought to be charged with unlawful possession of these information or with making an attempt to hinder the months-long felony investigation.
Classified paperwork had been additionally discovered at President Joe Biden’s residence in Delaware, referring to his time as vice chairman within the Obama administration.
Republicans have sought to match the investigations into Mr Biden’s and Mr Trump’s dealing with of categorised paperwork.
The White House, nonetheless, has beforehand mentioned the 2 instances are completely different as a result of Mr Biden’s group has cooperated with the authorities and turned over paperwork, whereas Mr Trump resisted doing so till the FBI searched his residence.