FLASHBACK: Pence went after Trump for classified documents before finding a hideout in his own home

Former Vice President Mike Pence once criticized former President Trump for mishandling classified documents in November, only for Pence to discover classified documents in his own home this week.

Pence made the comments during a November appearance on Meet the Press, and was grilled by host Chuck Todd on a number of topics. Pence called Trump’s handling of classified documents “inappropriate” at the time.

“I have not hesitated to criticize the president when I think he was wrong. And clearly, possessing classified documents in an unsecured area is not right,” Pence said, going on to criticize how Biden’s Justice Department handled the issue.

“I was on the Judiciary Committee for ten years in the House of Representatives. I know how the Department of Justice works and there had to be many other ways to solve those problems,” he added.

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Donald Trump and Mike Pence pose together on stage.
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This image from an August 30, 2022 Department of Justice court filing, and redacted in part by the FBI, shows a photo of documents seized during the FBI's August 8 search for former President Donald Trump.  a-Lago farm in Florida.

This image from an August 30, 2022 Department of Justice court filing, and redacted in part by the FBI, shows a photo of documents seized during the FBI’s August 8 search for former President Donald Trump. a-Lago farm in Florida.
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The moment returned to the spotlight following a report Tuesday by Fox News detailing that Pence’s own lawyers discovered roughly a dozen classified documents at his Indiana home. Pence informed Congress this week that the documents were found at his Carmel, Indiana, home on January 16.

Pence’s representatives say they immediately put the documents in a safe and informed the Justice Department, and the FBI recovered the documents on January 19.

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Pence’s team said that even though the documents have classified markings, the Justice Department or the agency issuing the documents will need to make a final determination on whether or not the documents are considered classified.

Pence joins Trump and President Biden when it was discovered that they had mishandled classified documents, with Trump keeping documents at his Mar-a-Lago home and Biden keeping some at his Wilmington, Delaware home.

US President Joe Biden delivers comments on what he calls the "ongoing battle for the Soul of the Nation" in front of Independence Hall in Independence National Historical Park, Philadelphia, USA, September 1, 2022.

US President Joe Biden delivers remarks on what he calls the ‘ongoing battle for the soul of the nation’ outside Independence Hall at Independence National Historical Park, Philadelphia, USA, September 1, 2022.
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The Justice Department has opened investigations into Trump and Biden, but has yet to announce an investigation into Pence.

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