Confidential documents continue to emerge from the homes and offices of senior officials in the United States. After US President Joe Biden, it was announced that secret documents were found last week at the home of former President Donald Trump’s vice president, Mike Pence, in Indiana.
It was reported that the documents found in Pence’s home were delivered to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the National Archives and Records Administration was informed about the documents. It was announced that the FBI came to Pence’s house and received the documents in question. Pence’s lawyer said in a written statement that a small number of documents labeled confidential “mistakenly”, stating that Trump moved to Mr. Pence’s house at the end of his presidency, announced that Pence received support by calling an expert lawyer to examine the documents in President Biden’s house in Wilmington after confidential documents were found. The public was not informed about the contents of the classified documents.
CONFIDENTIAL DOCUMENT SCANDAL
On August 8, 2022, the FBI found confidential documents at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago mansion in Palm Beach, Florida, and an investigation was launched against Trump. On November 2, 2022, President Biden’s office in the capital Washington DC while he was serving as an honorary professor at the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement at the University of Pennsylvania, on December 20, 2022 and on January 12 in the state of Delaware. “Confidential documents” from his Vice Presidential term were found in the garage and warehouse of his Wilmington residence.
US Attorney General Merrick Garland announced that special prosecutor Robert Hur has been appointed to lead the investigation into classified documents found in Biden’s office and residence.
In the US, under the Presidential Records Act, when an administration ends, White House records must go to the National Archives. There are regulations that such files must be stored securely.