WASHINGTON: The FBI acquired one more government page with secret markings during a voluntary search at former Vice President Mike Pence’s Indianapolis home after confidential documents were discovered there last month, according to a Pence spokesperson.
A Justice Department official confirmed the search earlier in the day, after Pence’s attorney Greg Jacobs notified the National Archives in a Jan. 18 letter about the finding of materials with secret markings. The FBI was subsequently given access to the records.
“Pence and his legal team have fully cooperated with the relevant authorities,” Vice President Mike Pence’s spokesperson Devin O’Malley said.
In addition to finding one page with classified markings, the FBI found “six other pages without such markings that were not noticed in the original assessment by the vice president’s counsel,” he said.
Pence and his wife were not at home during the search, but a member of his legal team was present, and the Justice Department was granted full access to the residence.
Earlier in the day, swarms of media outlets gathered outside the residence while the search was underway, and an ABC News camera captured a police cruiser blocking the driveway to Pence’s house.
The search of Pence’s residence comes as former President Donald Trump and Vice President Joe Biden face probes into the preservation of secret records by two special counsels.
Special Counsel Jack Smith is looking into whether Trump or his friends hindered the Justice Department’s investigation into his retention of thousands of government records, hundreds of which were classified, after he left the White House in January 2021.
On August 8, the FBI conducted a court-ordered search of Trump’s Florida residence, obtaining over 13,000 records, approximately 100 of which carried secret marks.
Separately, Attorney General Merrick Garland hired Special Counsel Robert Hur in January, following the disclosure by Biden’s legal team that secret records were discovered in November at the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement, a University of Pennsylvania think tank.
Biden had an office there after serving as Vice President under Barack Obama and before running for President.
Additional records have since been discovered at Biden’s home in Wilmington. A third search of Biden’s Delaware beach property earlier this month turned up nothing new.