EXCLUSIVE: Former President Trump defended former Vice President Pence after it was revealed that classified records were discovered in his Indiana home, while also telling Fox News that although he has been “the most transparent” with the investigation into records found at Mar-a-Lago, there are “two sets of justice” compared to Biden’s case.
Pence informed Congress Tuesday that he discovered documents bearing classified markings in his Carmel, Indiana, home on Jan. 16 from his time as vice president.
“Mike Pence is an innocent man,” Trump posted on his Truth Social Tuesday afternoon, which he also referred to in an interview with Fox News Digital. “He never did anything knowingly dishonest in his life.”
He added: “Leave him alone!!!”
During an exclusive interview with Fox News Digital Tuesday, Trump reflected on the FBI’s unprecedented raid of his Mar-a-Lago home, after months of discussions with the National Archives and Records Administration over documents from his time at the White House.
“I’m the one that has been the most transparent,” Trump told Fox News Digital. “We were having productive talks with NARA and DOJ.”
“And then, they came and raided us,” Trump said, referring to the Aug. 8, 2022 early morning FBI raid of his private residence in Palm Beach, Florida.
Trump said he and his team were operating under the Presidential Records Act, which governs the official records of presidents and vice presidents that were created or received. The law, which was amended in 2014, changed the legal ownership of the official record of the president from private to public, and established a new structure under which presidents, and subsequently NARA, must manage the records of their administrations.
Trump had turned over 15 boxes to NARA in January 2022 of presidential records. The affidavit supporting the FBI’s warrant for the search stated that the FBI began reviewing those boxes of records in May 2022 and identified classified records in 14 of the 15 boxes.
The FBI and the Justice Department discussed the records in June 2022,…