Headline RoundupJanuary 24th, 2023

Documents Marked Classified Discovered at Home of Former VP Pence

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Documents containing classified markings were discovered in the Indiana home of former Vice President Mike Pence by Pence’s lawyer and have been turned over to the FBI for review.

For Context: According to Pence’s team, the discovery of classified documents in the office and home of President Biden spurred a search, leading to the discovery. This is the third instance of potentially improper handling of classified materials from a member or former member of the executive branch– first former President Donald Trump in August, then Biden earlier this month.

Key Quotes: In a letter to the National Archives, Pence’s representative to the National Archives stated that they had discovered “a small number of documents that could potentially contain sensitive or classified information interspersed throughout the records.” The news sparked a response from Trump, who stated on Truth Social that Pence was an “innocent man” that had never done “anything knowingly dishonest.”

How the Media Covered It: Fox News noted that while the documents contain classified markings, it is still unconfirmed if they contain classified information. Most outlets identified the documents simply as ‘classified.’ An article in The Hill determined that the news “complicates how Republicans are looking to capitalize on Biden’s own classified document dealings.” A CNN article said the discovery comes “after Pence has repeatedly said he did not have any classified documents in his possession” and that the documents “appear to have inadvertently slipped through” the vetting process during Pence’s departure from the vice presidency.

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