Senators on both sides were surprised to hear that a third case of classified documents had arisen. On Tuesday it was revealed that classified documents had been found in former Vice President Mike Pence’s home in Indiana. The documents were handed over to the FBI within a few days of the discovery.
Pence’s attorney noted that Pence had received outside counsel on how to review all the documents in his home and locate if there were any classified documents there. The search was prompted by the discovery of classified documents in Biden’s office and Delaware home. Following the discovery of the documents in Pence’s home, the National Archives had been called in to recover the documents.
Many Senators were surprised to hear that there had been classified documents found in Pence’s possession.
Sen. Marco Rubio (Fla.), the top Republican on the Senate Intelligence Committee, told the Hill that this was the “weirdest thing” he had ever seen but he did not believe it was “nefarious.” Instead, he believed that this was just accidental while the executive branch had been packing boxes.
He added that this topic would probably come up on Wednesday. The committee is set to meet with Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines on that day to discuss unrelated topics in a closed briefing.
Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Mark Warner (D-Va.), had also requested that Haines provide the committee with additional information regarding the FBI raid into President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home which led to the discovery of over 100 classified documents. However, not much has come from this request as Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed special counsel Jack Smith to handle the case.