Mike Pence: Classified documents found at former vice-president's home




  • In Business
  • 2023-01-24 18:51:10Z
  • By BBC
Mike Pence
Mike Pence  

Classified documents have been found at former US Vice-President Mike Pence's home in the latest secret paper discovery.

The documents, discovered by a lawyer last week for Mr Pence at his Indiana home, have been handed over to the FBI.

Special counsels are already looking at the handling of classified documents by President Joe Biden and ex-President Donald Trump.

Mr Trump faces a criminal investigation for allegedly mishandling files.

Representatives for Mr Pence sent a letter to the National Archives alerting them to the documents.

The FBI came to the former vice-president's home to collect the documents, bypassing "standard procedures" and requesting "direct possession" of them, lawyers added in a separate letter.

Under the Presidential Records Act, White House records are supposed to go to the National Archives once an administration ends. Regulations require such files to be stored securely.

A "small number of documents bearing classified markings" were "inadvertently boxed and transported" to Mr Pence's home at the end of Donald Trump's presidency, his lawyer wrote in a letter shared with US media.

The latest development emerged after Mr Pence sought legal help from specialists in handling classified documents "out of an abundance of caution".

He asked for help "after it became public that documents with classified markings were found in President Joe Biden's Wilmington residence", the letter read.

Six more classified documents were found during a 13-hour search of President Biden's home in Delaware on Friday.

The president offered access "to his home to allow DoJ [the Department of Justice] to conduct a search of the entire premises for potential vice-presidential records and potential classified material", Mr Bauer said in a statement on Saturday.

Earlier this month, Mr Biden's lawyers said a first batch of classified documents had been found on 2 November at the Penn Biden Centre, a think tank that the president founded in Washington DC.

A second batch of records was found on 20 December in the garage at his Wilmington home, while another document was found in a storage space at the house on 12 January, his lawyers said.

The discoveries at the homes of Mike Pence and Joe Biden come as former President Donald Trump faces a probe over his alleged mishandling of documents.

Hundred of classified records were found at Mr Trump's Florida Mar-a-Lago residence - Mr Trump and his lawyers resisted handing over the documents until the FBI raided the Florida holiday home last August.

He denied any wrongdoing, alleging that President Biden was being treated more favourably by the FBI.

Document discovery timeline

  • 2 November 2022 - First batch of classified documents found at the Penn Biden Centre, a think-tank President Joe Biden founded in Washington DC,

  • 20 December - Second batch of records found in the garage of Joe Biden's Wilmington home

  • 12 January - Document found in a storage space at Mr Biden's Wilmington home

  • 19 January - FBI agents come to Mike Pence's Indiana home to collect files

  • 20 January - Department of Justice investigators discover six more classified documents during a 13-hour search of President Joe Biden's home in Delaware

COMMENTS

More Related News

U.S. imposes security zone in search for Chinese balloon remnants
U.S. imposes security zone in search for Chinese balloon remnants
  • US
  • 2023-02-06 20:50:45Z

The U.S. Coast Guard on Monday imposed a temporary security zone in waters off South Carolina during the military's search and recovery of debris from a...

Balloon bursts hopes for end to spiraling US-China tensions
Balloon bursts hopes for end to spiraling US-China tensions
  • World
  • 2023-02-06 20:43:03Z

Secretary of State Antony Blinken was going to be in Beijing, meeting with President Xi Jinping in a high-stakes bid to ease ever-rising tensions between the...

Metal fencing around Capitol frequent, controversial security measure
Metal fencing around Capitol frequent, controversial security measure

For the third year in a row, an eight-foot, black metal fence will surround the Capitol complex during an address to Congress by President Biden.

U.S. failed to detect past Chinese spy balloons over United States -U.S. general
U.S. failed to detect past Chinese spy balloons over United States -U.S. general

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -A senior U.S. general responsible for bringing down a Chinese spy balloon said on Monday the military had not detected previous spy...

Rep. Emilia Sykes invites Pamela Walker, mother of Jayland Walker, to State of the Union
Rep. Emilia Sykes invites Pamela Walker, mother of Jayland Walker, to State of the Union
  • US
  • 2023-02-06 17:34:10Z

U.S. Rep. Emilia Sykes has invited the mother of Jayland Walker to President Joe Biden's State of the Union address on Tuesday.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply

Comments

Top News: Business