NEW YORK ( Associated Press) – Classified documents have been found at the Indiana home of former Vice President Mike Pence, his lawyer said in a letter to the National Archives, the latest in a series of searches of classified information at private residences.
“A small number of documents apparently labeled confidential were placed in boxes and inadvertently moved to the former vice president’s personal address,” Pence’s attorney Greg Jacobs said in a letter. The Associated Press.
Jacobs said that Pence “hired independent legal counsel with experience handling confidential documents to review documents found at his personal address after it became public that documents labeled confidential were found at President Joe Biden’s Wilmington residence.” But found.”
The Justice Department is already assigning special prosecutors to investigate former President Donald Trump’s Florida estate and the presence of classified-labeled documents taken from Pence’s home and former office in Washington. The department says about 300 documents labeled confidential, including Top Secret, have been removed from Mar-a-Lago and officials are trying to determine whether Trump or anyone else was accused of illegally possessing or possessing those documents. He should be charged with obstructing the investigation. month.
Jacobs stated that “Pence was unaware of the existence of sensitive or classified documents at his personal residence and understands the paramount importance of protecting sensitive and classified information and is ready and willing to cooperate fully with the National Archives and any appropriate investigation.” Huh.”
He said Pence immediately put the documents in a safe deposit box. And according to a letter from the attorney on January 22, FBI agents visited Pence’s home to collect the documents.
A Justice Department spokeswoman declined to comment Tuesday, and an attorney for Pence did not immediately respond to an emailed request for more information.
Pence told the Associated Press in August that he did not take classified information with him when he left for duty.
When asked directly whether he had retained confidential information after leaving his duties, he said, “No, I am not aware of that.”
In a January interview with Fox Business, Pence said that his office followed a “very formal process” for handling confidential information and that he was followed by his lawyers to ensure that he did not take the documents with him. followed the steps taken.
“Before leaving the White House, my staff of attorneys reviewed all documents at the White House and our offices there and at the Vice President’s residence to ensure that all documents being turned over to the National Archives, including classified ones, are in order. delivered. So we followed very careful process in that regard,” Pence said.