NEW YORK – Former Vice President Mike Pence’s attorney said Tuesday that classified documents were found at the politician’s Indiana residence, in the latest in a series of discoveries of secret information at private residences.
These are “apparently a small number of documents labeled confidential placed in boxes and inadvertently transported to the former vice president’s personal address at the end of the previous administration,” Pence’s attorney, Greg Jacob, said in a letter to which he was told. access The Associated Press.
Jacob said that Pence “hired independent legal counsel with experience in handling confidential documents to review documents found at his personal address when it became public that documents labeled confidential were found at the Wilmington residence of President Joe Biden.”RELATED
The Justice Department is already employing special prosecutors to investigate the presence of classified-labeled documents taken from former President Donald Trump’s Florida estate and from Pence’s home and former office in Washington. The department says some 300 documents labeled confidential, including top secret, have been removed from Mar-a-Lago and officials are trying to determine whether Trump or someone else should be charged with illegal possession of those documents or trying to obstruct an investigation. of months.
Jacob said 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.” ”.
He added that Pence immediately placed the documents in a safe deposit box. And according to a letter from the attorney dated January 22, FBI agents visited Pence’s home to collect the documents.
A Justice Department spokesman declined to comment Tuesday, and a lawyer for Pence did not immediately respond to an email request for more information.
Pence told the AP in August that he did not take confidential information with him when he left duty.
Asked directly if he had retained confidential information after leaving his duties, he said, “no, not that I know of.”
In a January interview with Fox Business, Pence said his office followed a “very formal process” for handling confidential information and steps taken by his lawyers to ensure he didn’t take documents with him.
“Before leaving the White House, attorneys on my staff reviewed all documents both at the White House and our offices there and at the Vice President’s residence to ensure that all documents that were to be turned over to the National Archives, including confidential documents , were delivered. So we followed a very careful process in that regard,” Pence said.