Former President Donald Trump defended former Vice President Mike Pence following Tuesday reports revealing classified documents were found at his Indiana home.
Trump took to his social media site, Truth Social, defending his former Vice President.
“Mike Pence is an innocent man. He never did anything knowingly dishonest in his life,” wrote Trump.
“Leave him alone!!!”
Just saw Trump posted this on Truth – I honestly can’t tell if this is sarcasm or not. 😂 pic.twitter.com/XAGINc37oU
— Catturd ™ (@catturd2) January 24, 2023
The former President has not further commented on Pence as of Tuesday evening.
Pence informed Congress of documents appearing to be classified from his time as vice president were found at his home on Jan. 16, Fox News reported on Tuesday.
On Jan. 18, Pence reportedly informed the National Archives of a small number of possibly classified documents discovered in two boxes, according to Pence’s team.
Per protocol, the FBI was informed by the National Archives of the possible discovery of classified documents.
Acting Director of the White House Liaison Division National Archives and Records Administration Kate Dillon McClure was informed of papers “containing classified markings” by Pence’s attorney Greg Jacob.
Documents discovered with classified markings were reportedly placed into a safe, Pence’s team reported.
While the documents appeared to contain classified markings, the Department of Justice or the agency that issued the documents in question will have final determination if the documents were in fact classified or not.
Classified documents were not found at the former vice president’s political action committee, Advancing American Freedom office, the outlet reported.
“Former Vice President Mike Pence reached out today about classified documents found at his home in Indiana,” said House Oversight Committee James Comer in a statement to Fox News Digital. “He has agreed to fully cooperate with congressional oversight and any questions we have about the matter. Former Vice President Pence’s transparency stands in stark contrast to Biden White House staff who continue to withhold information from Congress and the American people.”
Potential classified documents found at Pence’s house follow a series of classified documents discovered at President Joe Biden’s Wilmington, Delaware home. Classified documents were initially found at the President’s Penn Biden Center in November and further documents were discovered on four separate occasions at the President’s Delaware home.
The most recent discovery of classified documents was on Friday after the FBI conducted an official search of the Biden residence.
“DOJ took possession of materials it deemed within the scope of its inquiry, including six items consisting of documents with classification markings and surrounding materials, some of which were from the President’s service in the Senate and some of which were from his tenure as Vice President. DOJ also took for further review personally handwritten notes from the vice-presidential years,” said Biden’s personal attorney, Bob Bauer.