CNN Exclusive: Classified Documents Discovered at Vice President Pence’s Indiana Residence

First on CNN: Classified documents found at Pence's Indiana home

the rules apply to everyone,” McCaul said. 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 them over to the FBI. 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. The discovery comes after Pence has said he did not have any classified documents in his possession. Pence asked his lawyer with experience handling classified material to conduct the search of his home out of an abundance of caution. The attorney found a small number of documents with classified markings and immediately alerted the National Archives, which in turn informed the Justice Department. Pence’s legal team drove the boxes back to Washington, DC, and handed them over to the Archives for review. In a letter to the National Archives, Pence’s representative wrote that Pence was unaware of the existence of the sensitive or classified documents. The classified material was stored in boxes that first went to Pence’s temporary home in Virginia before they were moved to Indiana, and the boxes were taped up and not believed to have been opened. The discovery of classified documents in Pence’s residence marks the third time in recent history in which a president or vice president has inappropriately possessed classified material after leaving office. Sources familiar with the process say Pence’s discovery of classified documents would suggest a more systemic problem related to classified material and the Presidential Records Act. On Friday, the FBI searched Biden’s Wilmington residence for additional classified material, and Tuesday’s development was welcome news for Biden administration officials and allies. As one senior administration official put it: “It turns down the temperature on this being a Biden-only story.” One hope, this official said, is that the discovery of classified documents at Pence’s home will help to underscore that Biden aides were not alone in making the mistake of packing up classified documents that should have been turned over to the Archives. Congressional leaders in both parties were stunned about the new revelations that Pence was also in possession of classified records at his home. “I don’t understand this,” said Senate Judiciary Chairman Dick Durbin. House Foreign Affairs Chairman Michael McCaul responded to the development, calling it “not permissible.” “I don’t know what to tell you other than it’s not permissible, whether you’re a chairman of a committee or president… the rules apply to everyone,” McCaul said.

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