Pence says he didn't take classified material when he left office
Why it matters: The FBI seized multiple sets of classified and top secret documents from former President Trump's residence in Mar-a-Lago earlier this month.
Driving the news: When asked by AP about taking any classified information with him, Pence said, “No, not to my knowledge.”
- Pence said he didn't want to "prejudge" the FBI's raid at Trump's home "until we know all the facts.”
- He added the search may have been politically motivated and called on Attorney General Merrick Garland to release more information.
What they're saying: "The concern that millions of Americans felt is only going to be resolved with daylight," Pence said.
- "I know that's not customary in an investigation. But this is unprecedented action by the Justice Department, and I think it merits an unprecedented transparency."
State of play: The comments come amid an uptick in threats to federal law enforcement in the wake of the Mar-a-Lago raid.
- Trump recently called for the "temperature ... to be brought down" after the FBI search.
- Pence previously said he had "deep concern" over the "unprecedented search" at Mar-a-Lago, Axios' Alayna Treene writes.
What we're watching: Pence made these comments from Iowa during a two-day trip. It's a part of a broader tour he's making to early voting states, a sign of a potential 2024 presidential run, per AP.
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