Also secret documents at Pence’s house, his lawyer says

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NEW YORK (TUSEN) — Secret-marked documents were discovered last week at the home of former Vice President Mike Pence in Indiana, his attorney told the National Archives in a letter — the latest in a series of discoveries of confidential information in private homes.

The archives “appear to be a small number of documents with secret markings that were accidentally boxed and transported to the personal home of the former vice president at the end of the last administration,” wrote Pence’s attorney, Greg Jacob. , in the letter he shared with The The US Express News.

He said Pence “enlisted outside counsel, experienced in handling classified documents, to review documents stored in his personal home after it became known that documents with secret markings were found at President Joe Biden’s Wilmington residence.

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The Justice Department is already using special counsel to investigate the presence of classification-marked documents originating from former President Donald Trump’s Florida estate and Biden’s home and former Washington office. The department says about 300 documents marked classified, including on a top secret level, were taken from Mar-a-Lago, and officials are trying to determine whether to charge Trump or anyone else with illegal possession of those documents or with the trying to obstruct the months-long criminal investigation.

Pence’s attorney said in his letter that the former vice president was “not aware of the existence of any sensitive or classified documents in his personal residence” and “understands the high importance of protecting sensitive and classified information and ready and willing to fully cooperate with the National Archives and any appropriate investigation.”

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Jacob said Pence immediately secured the documents discovered in a locked safe. And according to a follow-up letter from the lawyer dated Jan. 22, FBI agents visited Pence’s residence to retrieve the documents.

A Justice Department spokesperson declined to comment Tuesday, and a lawyer for Pence did not immediately respond to an email seeking clarification.

Pence told the The US Express News in August that he had no classified information with him when he left office.

Asked directly if he had kept such information, he said, “No, not to my knowledge.”

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In an interview with TUSEN Business in January, Pence described a “very formal process” used by his office to handle classified information, as well as the steps his lawyers had taken to ensure none were taken against him.

“Before we left the White House, the lawyers on my staff went through all the documents in both the White House and our offices there and at the Vice President’s residence to ensure that all documents that were to be turned over to the National Archives , including secret documents were transferred. So we went through a very careful process in that regard,” Pence said.

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