The Pence and Biden finds are completely different from the scandal involving former President Donald Trump, who deliberately took hundreds of classified documents to his Florida home when he left the White House in 2021.
Unlike Pence and Biden, Trump resisted efforts to retrieve the top secret documents and defied a subpoena for their return.
A federal judge authorized a search of Mar-a-Lago, which turned up about 300 classified documents.
Special counsel Jack Smith is investigating the document issue as well as Trump’s involvement in the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol and the plot to overturn his election loss to Biden.
Days after FBI agents raided Trump’s Florida resort last August, Pence told reporters he didn’t take home any classified documents.
“No to my knowledge,” the former vice president told The Associated Press.
Trump on Tuesday defended Pence in a post on his social media site.
“Mike Pence is an innocent man,” Trump wrote. “He never did anything knowingly dishonest in his life. Leave him alone!!!”
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said he would consider supporting new laws covering the handling of classified documents.
GOP Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky backed the handling of the documents cases by Attorney General Merrick Garland, breaking from fellow Republicans.
“They ought to treat everybody the same who has misplaced classified documents, and it seems so far as if the attorney general is making an effort to do that,” McConnell said.
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