Classified documents found at home of former vice president Mike Pence

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Classified documents have been found at former vice president Mike Pence’s home in Indiana, his lawyer has said.

“The additional records appear to be a small number of documents bearing classified markings that were inadvertently boxed and transported to the personal home of the former vice president at the end of the last administration,” Mr Pence’s lawyer, Greg Jacob, told the National Archives in a letter last week.

He said Mr Pence “was unaware of the existence of sensitive or classified documents at his personal residence” and he “understands the high importance of protecting sensitive and classified information and stands ready and willing to cooperate fully with the National Archives and any appropriate inquiry.”

FBI agents went to Mr Pence’s home to collect the classified documents, his representative said in a separate letter.

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When Mr Pence was asked in August whether he had taken any classified information with him when he left office, he told the Associated Press: “No, not to my knowledge.”

It comes after top secret documents were uncovered during an FBI search of Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home in Florida.

Classified documents were also found at US President Joe Biden’s home in Delaware, relating to his time as vice president in the Obama administration.

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Republicans have sought to compare the investigations into Mr Biden’s and Mr Trump’s handling of classified documents.

The White House, however, has previously said the two cases are different because Mr Biden’s team has cooperated with the authorities and turned over documents, while Mr Trump resisted doing so until the FBI searched his home.

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