Classified documents found in Mike Pence’s new home (!)

Classified documents are like an infection that keeps popping up. About a dozen classified documents have been found inside the new Indiana home of first Donald Trump, then Joe Biden and now Mike Pence, according to CNN, which broke the story. The documents were stored in boxes that were not secured.

Details of the documents have not yet been released, but Pence’s team “notified congressional leaders and relevant committees of the discovery on Tuesday.” And the former vice-president’s lawyer, who discovered them, turned the documents over to the FBI.

“Vice President Pence was not aware of the existence of sensitive or classified documents at his private residence,” a representative for Pence wrote. “Vice President Pence understands the high importance of protecting sensitive and classified information and is ready and willing to cooperate fully with the National Archives and any appropriate investigation.”

From CNN:

The FBI and the Justice Department’s National Security Division have begun reviewing the documents and how they ended up at Pence’s home in Indiana.

Pence’s lawyer discovered the classified documents at Pence’s new home in Carmel, Indiana, in the wake of revelations about classified material discovered in President Joe Biden’s private office and residence, sources said. The discovery comes after Pence has repeatedly said he does not have any classified documents. …

Pence asked his lawyer to search his home with extreme caution, and the attorney began going through four boxes stored in Pence’s home last week, finding a small number of documents with classified markings, sources said.

The classified material was stored in boxes that first went to Pence’s temporary home in Virginia, according to sources. The boxes were not in a secure area, according to Pence’s attorney, but they were taped and not believed to have been opened since they were packed. Once the classified documents were discovered, sources said they were kept in a safe at the home.