Vice President Mike Pence

Classified Documents Found At Former VP Pence’s Indiana Home

Former Vice President Mike Pence notified Congress on Tuesday that he discovered documents bearing classified markings in his Carmel, Indiana, home on Jan. 16 from his time as vice president.
Former VP Mike Pence In Lakeland, Florida (TFP Photo)

Former Vice President Mike Pence notified Congress on Tuesday that he discovered documents bearing classified markings in his Carmel, Indiana, home on Jan. 16 from his time as vice president.

Pence informed the National Archives on Jan. 18 of a small number of potentially classified documents found in two small boxes.

Another two boxes contained copies of vice presidential papers. The National Archives then informed the FBI per standard procedure.

According to CNN, Pence’s attorney Greg Jacob wrote to Acting Director Kate Dillon McClure of the White House Liaison Division National Archives and Records Administration to inform her of the papers “containing classified markings.”

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After the documents with classified markings were discovered, they were immediately put into a safe, according to the Pence team.

The documents were collected by the FBI at Pence’s home in Carmel, Indiana, on Thursday evening, Jan. 19. Pence was in Washington, D.C. for the annual March for Life when the FBI collected the documents.

This comes as Attorney General Merrick Garland has appointed a special counsel to take over the investigation into President Joe Biden’s potential mishandling of classified documents. 

The special counsel investigation, along with the aggressive new Republican-led House of Representatives, means Biden may be on the defensive for the next two years. 

Federal investigators, who initially resisted getting involved in the deepening scandal involving Biden’s mishandling of classified materials, combed through his house for 13 hours on Friday.

They found a half-dozen documents with classified markings, some dating back to Biden’s time in the U.S. Senate, which ended when he became vice president in January 2009.

This is at least the fifth occasion when Biden’s lawyers or representatives uncovered classified materials from his pre-presidential days.

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The arrival of the FBI signals the investigation is intensifying.

As The Washington Times noted on Saturday, “The previous searches were carried out by Mr. Biden’s attorneys. On Friday, the Justice Department conducted the search of Mr. Biden’s house at the invitation of his legal team.”

“It is the first publicly known search for sensitive government documents conducted by federal law enforcement authorities at Mr. Biden’s private addresses. The search also marks a major escalation of the Justice Department’s investigation into the potentially illegal mishandling of government documents.”

As The Free Press has reported, the first batch was found at the Penn Biden Center in Washington, a think tank sponsored in part by the University of Pennsylvania. Those were found on Nov. 2, just before Election Day, and just after a special counsel was appointed to investigate whether former President Donald Trump mishandled sensitive government records.

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The discovery of those documents, while immediately known by Biden, was not disclosed until CBS News reported on it earlier this month.

Since then, Biden’s lawyers, and now FBI agents, have found documents at Biden’s Delaware home on Dec. 20 and three times this month.

U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida suggested last week that Biden may be targeted by a Deep State operation that wants to upend his 2024 re-election bid. “Maybe the Deep State and a lot of these Democrats have figured out that they’d rather roll with [California Gov.] Gavin Newsom than Joe Biden,” Gaetz tweeted on Thursday. “The Republicans might not even have to help the Democrats take out their trash!”

Gaetz furthered that assessment with a tweet on Saturday of a New York Times story about Biden’s chief of staff, Ron Klain, soon leaving his post.

“This is the key tell that what I said last week is likely true,” Gaetz said. “The Deep State is taking out Biden.”

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And, it seems, more Democrats, realizing a defense of Biden makes them look like hypocrites after their criticism of former President Donald Trump’s handling of classified records, are openly criticizing Biden.

Democratic Sens. Chris Coons, Joe Manchin, and Tim Kaine have said an investigation into Biden’s actions is appropriate, while Sen. Dick Durbin has admitted Biden has “lost the high ground” in being critical of Trump.  

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