Former President Trump Defend Pence Over Discovery Of Classified Documents At His Home

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Classified files have been found at the home of former US Vice President Mike Pence in the latest discovery of secret papers at the homes of officials who have served in the top ranks of government. The documents, discovered by a lawyer last week at Mr Pence’s Indiana home, have been handed over to the FBI. 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.

Representatives for Mr Pence sent a letter to the National Archives alerting them to the documents. 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 Mr 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. Lawyers found “a small number of documents that could potentially contain sensitive or classified information”, which were locked by the former Vice President in a safe.

After the letter became public, Mr Trump came to Mr Pence’s defense, taking to his Truth Social social media platform to say that he is “an innocent man”. “He never did anything knowingly dishonest in his life,” Mr Trump wrote. “Leave him alone!!!”

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