A lawyer for former Vice President Mike Pence found classified documents in his home in Carmel, according to a CNN report.
The discovery comes in the wake of two separate cases in which President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump were found to have missing classified records in their possession. Security analysts told USA TODAY that these cases show a need for more safeguarding of classified materials, especially between presidential administrations.
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While attorneys say they uncovered a "small number" of documents in Biden's home and garage, hundreds of documents were found in Trump's possession.
Pence had previously said to multiple news sources that he didn't possess any classified documents. When asked by the Associated Press in August if he had taken any home, he said, "No, not to my knowledge." He gave a similar response in November to ABC News, saying "there’d be no reason to have classified documents."
According to letters from Pence's lawyer obtained by USA TODAY, FBI agents went to Pence's home on Jan. 19 to retrieve the documents from a safe.
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Pence, an Indiana native from Columbus, announced in January 2021 that he planned to move back to the state.
The former VP and his wife, Karen, purchased a 10,300-square-foot house on a 5-acre lot on the northwest side of Carmel in May 2021. A Realtor.com listing showed that the home has seven bedrooms, 7.5 bathrooms and an in-ground pool. It also has a dock overlooking a pond and an indoor basketball court.
USA TODAY and former IndyStar reporter Kaitlin Lange contributed to this report.
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