Classified documents have been found at the home of former Republican Vice President Mike Pence, an influential Republican congressman announced on Tuesday, adding to the confusion around the White House archives.
“Former Vice President Mike Pence informed us today of the discovery of classified documents in his Indiana home,” said James Comer, who is overseeing the open House inquiry, in a statement. after the discovery of files of this nature in President Joe Biden.
Mike Pence “agrees to cooperate fully with the investigations of Congress,” added the elected official who chairs the Executive Oversight Committee in the House of Representatives.
His “transparency contrasts with the attitude of Joe Biden's collaborators at the White House, who continue to withhold information,” he said.
In the United States, a 1978 law obliges American presidents and vice-presidents to transmit all their e-mails, letters and other working documents to the National Archives. Another law, on espionage, prohibits the keeping of classified documents in unauthorized and unsecured places.
After leaks in the media, the White House has admitted that such files dating of the vice-presidency of Joe Biden, from 2009 to 2017, had been discovered in one of his former offices in Washington and in his family home in Wilmington (Delaware, east).
The case is embarrassing because the Democrats have not refrained from criticizing former Republican President Donald Trump, the target of a judicial investigation for having kept whole boxes of documents when he left Washington in 2021.
< p>To silence suspicions of bias, on January 13 the Department of Justice entrusted the investigations of Joe Biden's files to an independent special prosecutor, as it had done in November for Donald Trump.
During a press conference on Tuesday, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham called for “clarifying” the case. “What was a political problem” is now, according to him, “a national security problem for the country”.
As for Donald Trump, he split a message of support for his former vice-president, with whom he has nevertheless been at odds for two years.
“Mike Pence is innocent, he has never done anything dishonest in his life. Leave him alone,” he wrote on his Truth Social network.