Mike Pence’s Indiana home was found to contain about a dozen classified documents following a search by the former Vice President’s lawyer, a breaking report by CNN reveals.
This discovery follows the uncovering of four caches of classified documents in Joe Biden’s Delaware home, and the pages of classified material discovered in 45th President Donald Trump’s Florida home last year.
According to a source close to Pence who spoke with CNN, Pence asked his lawyer to conduct a search of his house out of an “abundance of caution” due to the recent discovery of classified documents in Biden’s Delaware home, where Hunter Biden had access.
BREAKING: Classified Documents have been found at former Vice President Mike Pence's Indiana home.
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The attorney began going through four boxes stored at Pence’s house and discovered a small number of documents with classified markings, including sensitive government records that may require special handling and storage protocols. The source told CNN that “The records are being reviewed by experts at the National Archives and Records Administration.”
On Monday, Pence’s legal team apparently drove the boxes back to Washington, D.C. from Indiana and handed them over to NARA for review in compliance with the Presidential Records Act which requires all documents exchanged by a current or former president be preserved for posterity.
Pence’s representative to NARA, Greg Jacob, wrote that the former Vice President was unaware of the classified documents.
“Vice President Pence was unaware of the existence of sensitive or classified documents at his personal residence,” Jacob wrote, per CNN.
“Vice President Pence understands the high importance of protecting sensitive and classified information and stands ready and willing to cooperate fully with the National Archives and any appropriate inquiry.”
CNN reports that the documents followed Pence during the brief period of homelessness he experienced after leaving office in 2020, and according to CNN: “The boxes were not in a secure area, but once the classified documents were discovered, the sources said they were placed inside a safe located in the house.”
This is a breaking news story and may be updated with additional information as it becomes available.