Just a few months ago, in the waning weeks of summer 2022, America was jolted by and extraordinary and unprecedented armed FBI raid on the Florida home of former President Donald Trump.
The siege of Mar-a-Lago came at the behest of the National Archives, who believed that Trump was storing classified materials at the location. Trump, for what it’s worth, has suggested that the documents in question were declassified, but no official adjudication on the matter has yet occurred.
Then, just days ago, it was revealed that current President Joe Biden also had a trove of certainly-classified material squirreled away in a number of locations, including in a garage in Delaware next to his Corvette and in an office he used when he was Vice President back in Washington.
Now, in an almost inexplicable third instance, former Vice President Mike Pence has found similar files in his home as well.
Former Vice President Mike Pence informed Congress on Tuesday that he discovered documents bearing classified markings from his time as vice president in his Carmel, Indiana, home on Jan. 16.Trending:
Following the revelations that classified documents from President Joe Biden’s tenure as vice president were found at the Penn Biden Center think tank and Wilmington, Delaware, Pence’s team conducted searches of Pence’s Indiana home and the office of his political advocacy group, Advancing American Freedom.
Pence and his team played the situation by the book.
According to his team, Pence informed the National Archives on Jan. 18 that a small number of potential classified documents were found in two small boxes. Another two boxes contained copies of vice presidential papers. The National Archives then informed the FBI, per standard procedure.
Pence attorney Greg Jacob wrote on Jan. 18 to Acting Director Kate Dillon McClure of the White House Liaison Division National Archives and Records Administration to inform her of the papers “containing classified markings.”
After the documents with classified markings were discovered, they were immediately put into a safe, according to the Pence team.
The documents were collected by the FBI at Pence’s home in Carmel, Indiana, on Thursday evening, Jan. 19. Pence was in Washington, D.C., for the annual March for Life when the FBI collected the documents.
The news will certainly have plenty of Americans alarmed, as the public’s perception of our national security apparatus comes into question.