(Mark Pellin, Headline USA) Instead of former Vice President Mike Pence directing his attorneys to search for classified documents of his own in the wake of the FBI’s raid on his former boss’s Mar-a-Lago home, Pence for unknown reasons failed to act until this month while proclaiming he had no documents of his own and expressing dismay at former President Donald Trump’s actions.
It was revealed Tuesday that Pence had his own stash of documents, which his attorneys reportedly found last week at his Indiana home and turned over to the National Archives.
After the deep state attack on former President Donald Trump, his erstwhile Veep repeatedly and vigorously denied having any classified documents of his own from the duo’s White House tenure and told media outlets there was no reason for anyone to possess such material, while tepidly claiming there could have been “many better ways” to search for sensitive material at Trump’s home.
Muir: “Did you take any classified documents with you from the white house?”
Pence: “I did not.”
Muir: “Do you see any reason for anyone to take classified docs from the White House.”
Pence: “There would be no reason.” pic.twitter.com/VsUUntiwU1
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) January 24, 2023
Pence’s scolding echoed that of another serial classified document confiscator, President Joe Biden, who ripped Trump after the Mar-a-Lago raid, despite knowing at the time he had his own stash of documents.
Biden called Trump “irresponsible” so what does the latest scandal make Joe? pic.twitter.com/7D7DBVPXFj
— Sebastian Gorka DrG (@SebGorka) January 11, 2023
Until this month, after multiple cases of Biden’s attorneys “finding” classified documents at several different and unsecured locations, Pence failed to cast a critical eye on his own actions, despite his public rhetoric.
Trump, Biden… and now Pence
It’s pretty likely that everyone in DC has classified documents
Yet the only one who got raided was the guy with authority to declassify
Even the Soviets were less brazen
— End Wokeness (@EndWokeness) January 24, 2023
It remained unclear Monday exactly how many documents were found, reportedly about a dozen, or their varying classification levels.
The documents “were inadvertently boxed and transported to the personal home of the former vice president at the end of the last administration,” Pence’s lawyer, Greg Jacob, wrote in a letter to the National Archives shared with The Associated Press.
Funny how the media claims Trump STOLE #ClassifiedDocuments while Biden and Pence merely DISCOVERED them. Huh? Did the documents get there on their own? No, Biden and Pence TOOK them in the same manner Trump did. Either they are all thieves and traitors, or none of them are
— Dinesh D’Souza (@DineshDSouza) January 24, 2023
The latest revelation deflects heat and attention from Biden’s own classified document scandal, a diversion Pence didn’t present in the aftermath of the raid on Trump.
Despite recent and growing tensions with his former vice president, Trump on Monday took to Truth Social to defend Pence. Maybe. Or Maybe not. Skepticism abound on whether Trump was sincere in his comment, or if it was a sly dig.
“Mike Pence is an innocent man,” Trump proclaimed. “He never did anything knowingly dishonest in his life. Leave him alone!!!”
Whether or not Mike Pence gets a special counsel for classified documents found at his residence is dependent on if he announces that he is running for president.
The Deep State’s mouthpieces all over cable news today are sending a message to Mike Pence: don’t run for president. pic.twitter.com/2w574BVBVL
— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) January 24, 2023