A lawyer for former U.S. Vice President Mike Pence found a dozen documents marked classified at Pence’s Indiana residence last week and has turned them over to the FBI, CNN reported Tuesday.
The discovery came after Pence himself asked one of his lawyers to search the house for sensitive material as a precaution, following the discovery of classified information in the office and private residence of U.S. President Joe Biden a few weeks ago.
The degree of sensitivity of the documents, the existence of which has been notified to the leaders of Congress and the committees in charge of this type of matters, is unknown for the moment. The discovery comes after Pence denied the possibility that there could be any such material in his possession.
Pence’s legal team found four boxes full of reports with the confidential information letterhead and notified the National Archives, which reported the discovery to the Justice Department, sources told CNN.
The same night of the find, the FBI’s Indianapolis office picked up the documentation from Pence’s home in the city of Carmel. On Monday, the boxes, which were packed and unopened when they were found, were flown to Washington to be analyzed by the National Archives.
Pence’s representative at the National Archives, Greg Jacob, explained to CNN that it is a «small amount of documents» that were sent to Pence’s residence without his knowledge of their contents.
«Vice President Pence was unaware of the existence of confidential or classified documents in his personal residence,» said Jacob, who confirmed the willingness of Donald Trump’s former ‘number two’ to «cooperate fully».
This is the third time in the history of the United States that there is evidence of the discovery of confidential material in the private quarters of a president or vice president, after the discoveries in the residences of former President Donald Trump and the now head of the White House, Joe Biden.
Source: (EUROPA PRESS)