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Classified documents discovered at Mike Pences home in Indiana

Classified documents discovered at Mike Pences home in Indiana


Classified documents discovered at Mike Pences home in Indiana

Close aides to Mike Pence discovered about a dozen classified-marked documents stored in boxes at his home in Indiana last week and turned over the materials to the US justice department, according to a top adviser to the former vice-president.

The documents were inadvertently taken to Pence's home at the end of the Donald Trump administration and Pence was unaware of their presence, his representative to the National Archives and former counsel Greg Jacob said in a letter.

The presence of sensitive papers in Pence's home, weeks after similar discoveries at Biden's properties and after the FBI seized hundreds of classified-marked documents from Donald Trump, also raises more questions about the management of sensitive government records.

Special counsels have been appointed to investigate Biden and Trump over the retention of such documents.

Jacob said in the letter, dated 18 January and first reported by CNN, that Pence hired an outside lawyer to search his home out of an abundance of caution after the discovery of classified-marked documents at Biden's residence and a private office in Washington.

The letter added that the lawyer could not specify anything more about the documents - including the content, dates and classification level, which remain unclear - because he stopped looking as soon he saw the classified markings.

"On Monday, 16 January, Vice-President Pence engaged outside counsel, with experience in handling classified documents, to review records stored in his personal home," Jacob wrote. "Counsel identified a small number of documents that could potentially contain sensitive or classified information."

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