Classified documents of former U.S. Vice President Mike Pence include notes on foreign travels

Former U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence in San Antonio – Robin Jerstad/Robin Jerstad/ZUMA / DPA

Documents marked classified found in the Indian residence of former U.S. Vice President Mike Pence include materials described as briefing notes on his foreign travels, according to CNN.

Sources consulted by the television network have indicated that some of the twelve documents found by a Pence lawyer were used to prepare for meetings abroad while in office.

In addition, he has indicated that «it is possible that they were overlooked» during the packing process because they were stuffed in old travel folders.

These briefing notes usually contain basic biographical information about foreign leaders, however, there are occasions when confidential information also appears.

The FBI is trying to assess the contents of the documents and the potential risk of having classified material stored in an unauthorized location, but according to CNN’s information, this material is classified as «lower level,» as «there would be no particularly unusual data.»

The finding, earlier this week, came after Pence himself asked as a precaution one of his lawyers to search the house for sensitive material, following the discovery of classified information in the office and private residence of the President of the United States, Joe Biden, a few weeks ago.

Pence’s legal team found four boxes full of reports on confidential information letterhead and notified the National Archives, which reported the discovery to the Justice Department. The same night of the discovery, the FBI office in Indianapolis collected the documents from Pence’s home in the city of Carmel, which were sent to Washington to be analyzed by the National Archives.

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.