Former Vice President Mike Pence speaks during an event to promote his new book at the conservative Heritage Foundation think tank on October 19, 2022 in Washington, DC.
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Lawyers for former Vice President Mike Pence said a “small number” of classified documents were found at his home in Indiana last week.
Pence’s lawyers notified the National Archives and Records Administration of the discovery on Wednesday, according to a letter obtained by CNBC. The news was first reported by CNN Tuesday.
The classified documents were first discovered on Jan. 16 after Pence had outside counsel “with experience in handling classified documents” search his own home and records “out of an abundance of caution” following the news that classified documents were found at President Joe Biden’s home and office.
Gregory Jacob, an attorney at O’Melveny tasked with handling Pence’s records, said in letter sent Sunday to the National Archives that the Justice Department sent FBI agents to Pence’s home at 9:30 p.m. on Thursday to retrieve the documents, which were being stored in a safe, while he was in Washington, DC for the March for Life.
Read Jacob’s letters to the National Archives here:
In an interview with CBS News on Jan. 10, before the documents were found at his home, that he was “confident” there were no classified materials in his possession from his White House tenure. Pence told Fox Business on Jan. 12, before classified documents were found at his own home, the situation was a “very serious matter.”
“The handling of classified materials and the nation’s secret is a very serious matter and as a former vice president of the United States, I can speak from personal experience about the attention that ought to be paid to those materials when you’re in office and after you leave office,” he told FOX Business. “And clearly that did not take place in this case.”
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