FBI Searches Pence’s Home For Classified Documents
The FBI has searched Mike Pence’s home for classified documents.
The search took place on Friday.
The FBI was searching former Vice President Mike Pence’s Indiana home Friday, looking for any classified documents that might be in the house, a senior law-enforcement official told NBC News.
The move comes weeks after Pence reported finding a “small number” of classified documents in his Carmel, Indiana house, and a day after it was revealed that he had been subpoenaed in a separate federal probe — the special counsel’s investigation into former President Donald Trump’s effort to stay in office after the 2020 election and the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol.
The classified documents were found following the discovery of Obama-era classified documents in the possession of former Vice President Joe Biden, and also after the FBI executed a search warrant at Trump’s home after his lawyers claimed he’d returned all documents with classified markings from the White House.
The Pence team was in talks with the DOJ before the search.
The Pence team, in talks with the Justice Department ahead of the search, expressed that they wanted to completely cooperate. The Pence team does not believe there are classified documents either at his home or at his office as they conducted what they considered an extensive search themselves, a source said.
Pence has previously acknowledged that “mistakes were made,” as he took responsibility for classified documents ending up in his home and pledged to would “fully cooperate” with any FBI investigation. He said that the found documents had been “immediately” secured and the National Archives was notified.
CNN first reported last month that Pence had discovered classified documents at his Carmel, Indiana, home after he instructed an attorney to search his records out of an “abundance of caution” following news of Biden’s classified documents. His attorney, Matt Morgan, found about a dozen documents marked as classified in four boxes that came from Pence’s vice presidential residence and his White House office.
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