Jan 27, 2023 - Politics & Policy

Pence: "I take full responsibility" for mishandled classified documents

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Former Vice President Mike Pence on Friday said "mistakes were made" regarding the classified documents found at his home earlier this week.

Driving the news: "While I was not aware that those classified documents were in our personal residence, let me be clear: Those classified documents should not have been at my personal residence," Pence said during a speaking engagement at Florida International University.

  • "Mistakes were made, and I take full responsibility," he said in his first public comments on the issue.

Zoom in: Pence explained that, at the end of his term, there was a thorough review of documents in his possession.

  • "But with news in recent weeks of repeated disclosure of classified documents in the personal residence of President Biden, documents dating back to his service as vice president, I simply thought out of an abundance of caution, it would be appropriate to review my personal records," he said.
  • They found a "small number" of documents marked "classified" or "sensitive" scattered in his "personal papers" and turned them over to the FBI, Pence said.

What he's saying: "Our national security depends on the proper handling of classified and sensitive materials," Pence said.

  • The former vice president added that he directed his legal counsel to work with the National Archives, the Department of Justice, and Congress, and "to fully cooperate in any investigation."

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