In the United States, the affair surrounding secret documents from earlier years of government is expanding: according to media reports, classified documents have also been discovered in the home of former Republican Vice President Mike Pence.
A lawyer for the politician found about a dozen documents in his house in the state of Indiana last week, the broadcaster CNN reported on Tuesday. The documents have since been picked up by the federal police.
The 63-year-old was Vice President Donald Trump for four years. He appeared as a loyal companion. The fact that Trump incited his supporters against Pence on the day of the attack on the Capitol in Washington on January 6, 2021, damaged the relationship between the two permanently. With a view to the 2024 presidential election, the former deputy is considered Trump's possible competitor among the Republicans. However, he has not yet declared his candidacy.
In the past few weeks, confidential documents from President Joe Biden's time as Vice President Barack Obama have surfaced several times in private rooms. The affair puts the Democrats under pressure. Trump also caused a scandal with a similar case in the summer. The FBI raided his Florida home in August and seized thousands of documents, including classified documents. Both cases are now being investigated by special investigators.
According to the reports, Pence had his home in Carmel searched for documents in the course of the document finds at Biden. When asked by a reporter last year if he had taken classified documents from the White House, Pence said, "No, I didn't." After the search of ex-President Trump's property, Pence had backed his former boss.