Now that any document even remotely believed to be classified taken by any former leader of this country is under scrutiny, former Vice President Mike Pence said “mistakes were made” regarding documents found at his Indiana home.
According to Breitbart, Pence took full ownership of the situation, probably hoping to stave off any documents-related scandal.
Pence revealed this during a recent airing of Fox News’ America Reports.
Pence’s admission came at the same time President Joe Biden and his White House struggles to put out the constant news fires created by the mountain of classified and top secret documents found at offices and homes linked to him, or owned by him.
The former vice president was asked about the ongoing investigations of both Biden’s documents situation and former President Donald Trump’s.
“Do you think there have been special counsels appointed by the Department of Justice in two other cases? Do you think there should be one in your case as well?” host Rich Edson asked.
“I would leave that decision to the attorney general and the Department of Justice. Again, this was an unfortunate development, and I think it’s important that our office simply cooperate fully in any investigation by either the Department of Justice, the Archives, or the Congress of the United States, and we are determined to do that,” Pence responded.
Pence added: “I remain very confident that during my time in the Congress of the United States, we were very careful and very cautious, and as we were during my time as vice president. But again, during the closing days of administration, when materials were boxed and assembled, some of which were shipped to our personal residence, mistakes were made.”
“We were not aware of it at the time until we did the review just a few short weeks ago, but I take full responsibility for it, and we are going to continue to support every appropriate inquiry into it,” he continued.
BREAKING: Former Vice President Mike Pence has discovered classified documents in his Indiana home.
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) January 24, 2023
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Pence, who fell out of popularity with Trump’s massive base of tens of millions of supporters, was ridiculed for having the documents, with his critics arguing that while Trump had the power to declassify, Pence and Biden, as former vice presidents, did not.
“Pence and Biden had no rights to have classified documents around their house and they know it. Trump had declassification authority. Biden and Pence didn’t,” conservative influencer Laverne Spicer tweeted.
Pence and Biden had no rights to have classified documents around their house and they know it.
Trump had declassification authority. Biden and Pence didn’t.
— Lavern Spicer 🇺🇸 (@lavern_spicer) January 24, 2023
Only time will tell if more documents are discovered from other former leaders during their time in office, but it would be nice to get back to giving attention to the crises that actually matter.