Former President Donald Trump was quick to respond to reports that classified documents were found at former Vice President Mike Pence’s home in Indiana.
Trump took to Truth Social to say: “Mike Pence is an innocent man. He never did anything knowingly dishonest in his life. Leave him alone!!!”
Pence’s team alerted the National Archives to two boxes of possible classified materials inside the house on Jan. 18.
Documents found at Pence’s home were not held in a secure area, prompting officials to store them in a safe until the National Archives took possession of them. The FBI took possession of the documents the following day, on Jan. 19.
This revelation comes as Trump and President Joe Biden are under scrutiny from Democrats and Republicans alike for classified documents found at their homes.
The National Archives recovered 33 boxes of roughly 11,000 documents after the FBI raided Trump’s home at Mar-a-Lago. Roughly 300 classified documents have been taken from Trump overall.
Pence had repeatedly stated following the Mar-a-Lago raid that he had no sensitive materials from the White House and thought there were “many better ways” to have conducted the high-profile search at Trump’s home. The raid caused an uproar from Republicans, believing the raid to be inappropriate, and commotion from Democrats, who demanded an investigation into Trump.
Then in November, documents were discovered at the Penn Biden Center from Biden’s days as vice president in the Obama administration.
Two more batches of documents were discovered at Biden’s Delaware home, prompting House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer (R-KY) to request visitor logs from the White House and Secret Service.