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It seems that everyone in Washington has classified documents at home. Following the discoveries of Donald Trump and Joe Biden, Mike Pence’s lawyers turned over to the FBI a dozen classified documents that were in the former vice president’s Indiana residence. Hours after the news, Trump himself came to Pence’s defense.
The discovery took place last week and only came to light last Tuesday, January 24. It turns out that, after Biden’s case, Pence asked Matt Morgan, his personal lawyer, to review the documents of the house in Camel, which he bought in early 2021 with his wife Karen.
During the search, the attorney found a small box containing approximately a dozen classified documents, so they immediately alerted the relevant authorities. The papers were picked up from the residence by the FBI’s Indianapolis office last Monday and are reportedly already in the hands of the National Archives.
“Vice President Pence was unaware of the existence of sensitive or classified documents at his personal residence,” explained Greg Jacob, Pence’s representative to the agency. According to reports, before arriving at the new house, the box in question would have first passed through the state of Virginia.
“Vice President Pence 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,” the official added.
Following the discovery, Pence’s Washington D. C. offices were searched and no classified material or records were found that would fall under the Presidential Records Act.
According to CNN’s sources on the case, “these classified documents appear to have inadvertently slipped through the process because most of the materials were packed up separately from the vice president’s residence, along with Pence’s personal papers.”
Indeed, after the FBI raid on Donald Trump, the author of So Help me God denied having classified documents in his possession and took the opportunity to defend his former boss. “There had to be many better ways to resolve that issue than executing a search warrant at the personal residence of a former president of the United States,” he said at the time.
Donald Trump came to Mike Pence’s defense
It is well known that the relationship between the two had some ups and downs since they reached the White House in 2017. However, on this occasion, the former president did not hesitate to support his former running mate on two occasions.
“Mike Pence is an innocent man. He never did anything knowingly dishonest in his life. Leave him alone!!!” Trump posted on his Truth Social account, hours after the news about the classified documents broke.
Joaquín Núñez es hincha de Racing Club de Avellaneda y licenciado en comunicación periodística por la Universidad Católica Argentina. Se especializa en el escenario internacional y en la política norteamericana // Joaquín Núñez is a fan of Avellaneda's Racing Club and has a degree in journalistic communication from the Universidad Católica Argentina. He specializes in the international scene and American politics.