FBI Locates an Additional Classified File in Search of Former VP Mike Pence’s Home

The Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) located an additional classified document in its search of former Vice President Mike Pence’s home in Indiana.

The acknowledgment comes after Pence’s attorneys disclosed they found “a small number” of classified files from his time serving as vice president in his home last month.

An adviser for Pence confirmed that after “a thorough and unrestricted search,” additional files were removed. The adviser said the search was consensual, with Pence cooperating fully.

“The Department of Justice completed a thorough and unrestricted search of five hours and removed one document with classified markings and six additional pages without such markings that were not discovered in the initial review by the vice-president’s counsel,” said Devin O’Malley, Pence’s adviser in a statement on Friday.

FBI agents from Indianapolis conducted the search, which is not currently linked to other investigations into classified files. The conclusion of the search at the former vice president’s home is the latest development in a growing controversy over classified documents that has already enveloped both President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump.

Trump and Biden are both facing probes for allegedly mishandling classified documents. 

Pence turned over documents out of “abundance of caution” 

Pence’s spokesperson said he was not at home during the search, although his private attorney was present. 

The National Archives is the U.S. government agency that manages the preservation of presidential records and documents. Representatives for Pence sent a letter to the National Archives in January alerting them to the presence of classified documents in the former vice president’s home. Those materials were already previously turned over to the FBI.

Classified records are supposed to be turned over to the National Archives when an administration leaves office.

Pence’s attorneys said the documents were “inadvertently boxed and transported” to the former vice president’s home after the Trump presidency.

The documents were turned over “out of an abundance of caution” after Pence consulted specialists for legal help from specialists handling classified documents. Pence asked for the help after the discovery of classified files at President Biden’s private Washington, D.C., office and Delaware home. The FBI also searched the president’s vacation home in Rehoboth Beach in Delaware on February 1. No additional classified files were found at the beach house.

The president has continued to defend his handling of documents saying his team did “what they should have done” by alerting officials immediately when classified files were found and that he is cooperating with the special counsel’s investigation.