(WASHINGTON) Classified documents have been found in former Republican Vice President Mike Pence’s home, the influential Republican congressman announced Tuesday, adding to confusion about the White House archives.
“Former Vice President Mike Pence informed us today of the discovery of classified documents at his home in Indiana,” James Comer, who is overseeing the House investigation into the discovery of the incident, said in a statement. Files of this kind with President Joe Biden.
Mike Pence “agrees to fully cooperate with congressional investigations,” added the elected official who chairs the House Executive Oversight Committee.
He said, “His transparency contrasts with the position of Joe Biden’s aides in the White House, who continue to withhold information.”
In the United States, a 1978 law requires US presidents and vice presidents to send all emails, letters, and other business documents to the National Archives. Another law, on espionage, prohibited keeping documents classified as secret in unauthorized and unsecured locations.
After leaks to the media, the White House admitted that such files, dating back to the era of Vice President Joe Biden, from 2009 to 2017, were discovered in one of its former offices in Washington and in his family home in Wilmington (Delaware, east of the country). ).
The case is embarrassing because Democrats did not hesitate to criticize former Republican President Donald Trump, who was targeted by a judicial investigation for keeping boxes full of documents when he left Washington in 2021.
To silence suspicions of bias, the attorney general on January 13 entrusted investigations into Joe Biden’s files to an independent special prosecutor, as he did in November with Donald Trump.
And at a press conference on Tuesday, Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham called for a “light” on the issue. “What used to be a political problem” is now, according to him, “a national security problem for the country.”
As for Donald Trump, he shared a message of support for his former vice president, with whom he had been cold for two years.
“Mike Pence is innocent, and he’s never done anything dishonest in his life. Leave him alone,” he wrote on his Truth Social.
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