What we know about the classified Pence documents: A timeline of events | CNN Politics


About a week after Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed special counsel to investigate President Joe Biden’s handling of classified documents, former Vice President Mike Pence asked a lawyer to review four boxes of documents stored at his Indiana home. , according to a lawyer for Pence.

The attorney discovered about a dozen classified documents in the boxes, which have since been turned over to the FBI, CNN first reported Tuesday.

CNN has put together a timeline based on conversations with sources familiar with the matter and on two letters sent by Pence’s attorney, Greg Jacob, to the National Archives.

20th of August – After the FBI searches former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort to recover classified documents, Pence in Iowa is asked if he had any classified information with him when he left office. “No, not that I know of,” he told the Associated Press.

November 15 – In an interview with ABC News at his Indiana home where the classified documents would eventually be found, Pence is asked again if he took classified material from the White House. “I didn’t,” Pence replies.

“Well, there would be no reason to have classified documents, particularly if they were in an unprotected area,” Pence continues. “But I will tell you that I think there had to be a lot better ways to solve that problem than to execute a search warrant on the personal residence of a former president of the United States.”

January 10 – In an interview with CBS, Pence reiterates that he and his staff reviewed all “materials in our office and in our residence to make sure there were no classified materials that left the White House or remained in our possession.”

He continues: “I remain confident that this was done thoroughly and carefully.”

January 16 – Following news that Biden’s personal lawyers had discovered classified documents in his private office in Washington and at his residence in Wilmington, Delaware, Pence asks his lawyer to go through four boxes of documents at his Carmel home, Indiana. The attorney, Matt Morgan, identifies about a dozen documents with classified markings in the boxes. Pence “immediately secured those documents in a locked safe pending further instructions on the proper handling of the National Archives,” Jacob writes in a letter to the Archives.

January 18 – Pence’s legal team notifies the National Archives and requests that they take over the documents in question. According to a lawyer for Pence, they also scheduled a phone call with the Archives for the next day to discuss the records-gathering process.

January 19, 12:00 – Pence’s legal team has a phone conversation around noon with the Archives’ chief operating officer and general counsel, during which Archives suggests that Pence turn over the four boxes to Archives so they can review the materials to comply with the Presidential Records Act and confirm whether the a dozen records are classified.

9:30 pm – The Justice Department asks Pence if he can retrieve the classified branded material from Pence’s house that night, and Pence agrees. FBI agents from the Indianapolis field office arrive at Pence’s home around 9:30 p.m. to collect the documents. “The transfer was facilitated by the vice president’s personal attorney, who is experienced in handling classified documents,” according to a letter from Jacob to the Archives.

January 20 – Pence’s legal team contacts Archives again to reiterate the offer to turn over the four boxes, in addition to the documents the FBI had already collected. The Files indicate that they do not have anyone to pick up the boxes, so it was decided that Pence’s “agents” would “transport the four boxes to Washington DC.”

January 23 – The four boxes are driven from Indiana to Washington, DC. According to Jacob’s letter to the Archives, he personally delivers the four boxes on Monday morning.

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