ABC NEWS–Classified documents have been found in the home of former Vice President Mike Pence and turned over to the FBI for reviewmultiple sources familiar with the matter tell ABC News.
A lawyer for Pence conducted a search of Pence’s home in Indiana last week and found around a dozen documents marked as classified, sources said. The search was done proactively and in the wake of the news that classified documents from before he was president were found in Joe Biden’s home and old office at the Penn Biden Center, a Washington, DC, think tank.
The Pence documents are undergoing a review by the Department of Justice’s National Security Division and the FBI, the sources said
CNN first reported the discovery of classified materials.
In a letter sent last week to the National Archives, and obtained by ABC News, a representative for Pence wrote that Pence had engaged outside counsel on Jan. 16 to review records that were stored in his home. It was during that review that a lawyer found a “small number of documents that could potentially contain sensitive or classified information interspersed throughout the records.”
Pence’s lawyer and representative, Greg Jacob, wrote in the letter that the counsel was unable to provide an exact description of the folders or briefing materials because they did not review the contents after realizing they had potential classification markings.
“Vice President Pence immediately secured those documents in a locked safe pending further direction on proper handling from the National Archives,” Jacob, who is Pence’s designated representative for his records and also his former top lawyer during the administration, wrote in the letter.
Jacob asserted that Pence was “unaware” of the records being in his possession and was “willing to fully cooperate with the National Archives and any appropriate inquiry.”