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Pence’s ‘transparency’ on classified docs ‘in stark contrast to Biden White House,’ House Oversight chair says

Rep. James Comer at the U.S. Capitol on Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023.

House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer, R-Ky., said Tuesday that former Vice President Mike Pence’s “transparency” in handing over classified documents “stands in stark contrast” to how President Biden and White House staff have dealt with the mishandling of confidential materials.

“Former Vice President Mike Pence reached out today about classified documents found at his home in Indiana. He has agreed to fully cooperate with congressional oversight and any questions we have about the matter,” Comer said in a statement.

“Former Vice President Pence’s transparency stands in stark contrast to Biden White House staff who continue to withhold information from Congress and the American people,” he added.

Comer’s remarks on the matter came after it was revealed Tuesday that documents bearing classified markings had been found in Pence’s Carmel, Indiana, home on Jan. 16. The documents were from his tenure as vice president.

VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE DISCOVERED CLASSIFIED DOCUMENTS IN INDIANA HOME

Rep. James Comer at the U.S. Capitol on Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023.
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The discovery of classified documents in Pence’s possession was made after his team conducted searches of his Indiana home and the office of his political advocacy group, Advancing American Freedom. According to his team, Pence informed the National Archives on Jan. 18 of a small number of potential classified documents found in two small boxes. Another two boxes contained copies of vice presidential papers. The National Archives then informed the FBI per standard procedure.

After the documents with classified markings were discovered, they were immediately put into a safe, according to the Pence team. The documents were later collected by the FBI at Pence’s Indiana home on Thursday evening, Jan. 19.

Former Vice President Mike Pence waves during the Republican Jewish Coalition Annual Leadership Meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Nov. 18, 2022.

Former Vice President Mike Pence waves during the Republican Jewish Coalition Annual Leadership Meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Nov. 18, 2022.
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In addition to Comer, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., also offered some defense for Pence’s handling of classified materials, saying during a press conference at the Capitol that he doesn’t believe the handling of classified documents by Pence, former President Donald Trump or President Biden was meant to “compromise national security.”

“Let’s find out how that happened. You got Trump, you got Pence, you got Biden. The only thing you’ll find at…

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