A batch of classified documents has been found at former Vice President Mike Pence’s Indiana home, according to reports.
Pence informed Congress on Tuesday that he discovered documents bearing classified markings in his Carmel, Indiana, home on January 16.
He stated that the material is from his time as vice president.
Pence’s team conducted searches of his Indiana home and the office of his political advocacy group, Advancing American Freedom.
The news follows the revelations that classified documents from Democrat President Joe Biden’s tenure as vice president were found at the Penn Biden Center think tank and Wilmington, Delaware, home.
Pence conducted the search in response to the discovery of Biden’s docs, his legal team revealed.
According to CNN:
A lawyer for former Vice President Mike Pence discovered about a dozen documents marked as classified at Pence’s Indiana home last week, and he has turned those classified records over to the FBI, multiple sources familiar with the matter told CNN.
The FBI and the Justice Department’s National Security Division have launched a review of the documents and how they ended up in Pence’s house in Indiana.
The classified documents were discovered at Pence’s new home in Carmel, Indiana, by a lawyer for Pence in the wake of the revelations about classified material discovered in President Joe Biden’s private office and residence, the sources said.
New via CNN: A lawyer for former Vice President Mike Pence discovered about a dozen documents marked as classified at Pence’s Indiana home last week, and he has turned those classified records over to the FBI.
— Hugo Lowell (@hugolowell) January 24, 2023
Now Mike Pence has turned over a set of classified documents he found at his house. This is turning into a dark comedy. We all know Obama, Clinton and Bush have these documents at their houses too, right? When will the FBI go search them to check on that? pic.twitter.com/dFwSOMqt33
— Robby Starbuck (@robbystarbuck) January 24, 2023
“A source revealing another discovery of classified roughly a dozen government documents were uncovered at the home of former vice president Mike Pence.” pic.twitter.com/OHFnwrvYwB
— Acyn (@Acyn) January 24, 2023
According to his team, Pence informed the National Archives on Jan. 18 of a small number of potentially classified documents found in two small boxes.
Another two boxes contained copies of vice presidential papers.
The National Archives then informed the FBI per standard procedure.
On January 18, Pence’s attorney Greg Jacob wrote to Acting Director Kate Dillon McClure of the White House Liaison Division National Archives and Records Administration to inform her of the papers “containing classified markings.”
After the documents with classified markings were discovered, they were immediately put into a safe, according to the Pence team.
The documents were collected by the FBI at Pence’s home in Carmel, Indiana, on Thursday evening, January 19.
Pence was in Washington, D.C. for the annual March for Life when the FBI collected the documents.
Pence’s team said that although the documents bear classified markings, the Department of Justice or the agency that issues the documents will need to make a final determination on whether the documents are considered classified or not.
According to Pence’s attorney Greg Jacob in a letter to Chief Operating Officer William “Jay” Bosanko of the National Archives and Records Administration on Sunday, the DOJ departed from the standard procedures that it ran with Biden when it requested direct possession of the documents on January 19.
Other documents that were not identified as potentially classified documents were driven from Indiana to the National Archives in Washington, D.C.
No classified docs were found at Pence’s Advancing American Freedom office.