Classified documents have been found in the home of former Republican Vice President Mike Pence. An attorney for the politician has informed the National Archives that a “small number” of documents containing potentially classified information were found at the Republican’s home last week.
The files were “accidentally packed” when Pence left office in early 2021. Accordingly, after the discovery of secret documents in the private home of US President Joe Biden, Pence had hired a lawyer to check documents in his home in Indiana as a precautionary measure. The news channel CNN spoke of around a dozen suspected secret documents that had been found. The files were therefore handed over to the Federal Police FBI.
Loyal companion, not quite to the end: Vice President Mike Pence and President Donald Trump in the White House (archive)
Pence, now 63, was a loyal vice president to President Donald Trump for four years. The fact that he incited his supporters against Pence on the day of the attack on the Capitol in Washington on January 6, 2021 damaged the relationship between the two permanently. The former deputy is now considered Trump’s possible competitor among the Republicans with a view to the 2024 presidential election. However, he has not yet declared his candidacy.
The incumbent Democratic President Biden has been under pressure for weeks because confidential documents from his time as Vice President Barack Obama have repeatedly surfaced in his private rooms. Trump also caused a scandal with a similar case in the summer. The FBI searched Trump’s Florida home in August and seized thousands of documents, including classified documents. Both cases are now being investigated by special investigators.
rb/cw (AP, AFP, dpa, Reuters)