San Francisco Chronicle

FBI finds new document at Pence’s home

- By Jill Colvin and Eric Tucker

WASHINGTON — The FBI discovered an additional document with classified markings at former Vice President Mike Pence’s Indiana home during a search Friday, following the discovery by his lawyers last month of sensitive government documents there.

Pence adviser Devin O’Malley said the Department of Justice completed “a thorough and unrestrict­ed search of five hours” and removed “one document with classified markings and six additional pages without such markings that were not discovered in the initial review by the vice president’s counsel.”

The search, described as consensual after negotiatio­ns between Pence’s representa­tives and the Justice Department, comes after he was subpoenaed in a separate investigat­ion into efforts by former President Donald Trump to overturn the 2020 election and as Pence contemplat­es a Republican bid for the White House in 2024.

Pence is now the third current or former top U.S. official, joining Trump and President Joe Biden, to have their homes scoured by FBI agents for classified records.

The willingnes­s of Pence and Biden to permit the FBI to search their homes, and to present themselves as fully cooperativ­e, reflects a desire by both to avoid the drama that enveloped Trump last year and resulted in the Justice Department having to get a warrant to inspect his Florida property.

Police blocked the road outside Pence’s neighborho­od in Carmel, just north of Indianapol­is, on Friday afternoon as the FBI was inside the home. They were seen leaving shortly after 2 p.m. Pence and his wife were out of state, visiting family on the West Coast following the birth of their second and third grandchild­ren.

A member of Pence’s legal team was at the home during the search and the FBI was given what was described as unrestrict­ed access.

O’Malley said Pence has directed his legal team to continue to cooperate with the DOJ and “to be fully transparen­t through the conclusion of this matter.”

The FBI had already taken possession of what Pence’s lawyer previously described as a “small number of documents” that had been “inadverten­tly boxed and transporte­d” to Pence’s Indiana home at the end of the Trump administra­tion.

Pence, according to his lawyer Greg Jacob, had requested a review by his attorneys of records stored at his home “out of an abundance of caution” during the uproar over the discovery of classified documents at Biden’s home and former private office. When the Pence documents were discovered on Jan. 16 among four boxes that had been transferre­d to Pence’s home during the transition, Jacob said, they were secured in a locked safe and reported to the National Archives. FBI agents then collected them.

Pence has said he was unaware the documents had been in his possession.

 ?? Michael Conroy/Associated Press ?? Police secure former Vice President Mike Pence’s neighborho­od on Friday.
Michael Conroy/Associated Press Police secure former Vice President Mike Pence’s neighborho­od on Friday.

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