Following the revelation that more classified documents were found in former Vice President Mike Pence’s possession, Attorney General Merrick Garland will now once again have to determine whether a special counsel is necessary to investigate the case.
After the discovery of the documents, Greg Jacob, Pence’s lawyer, had written a letter to the National Archives on Jan. 18 informing them of the documents that had been found in Pence’s Indiana home two days earlier. As Jacob wrote in the letter it looked like a small number of documents had been accidentally boxed and sent to Pence’s personal home following the end of the Trump administration.
The lawyer also asserted that Pence had taken experienced outside counsel to determine how the case should be handled. He noted that Pence’s team started searching in Pence’s home for classified documents after it was revealed that there had been documents with classified markings found in Biden’s private office and Wilmington, Delaware home.
Pence’s is the third case of mishandling classified documents to have arisen in the past few months.
Classified documents had also been seized by the FBI during a raid into Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home in Florida in August 2022. Trump has maintained that the documents had been declassified and that he had committed no wrongdoing in regard to the case.
Garland appointed prosecutor Jack Smith to act as special counsel in the two Department of Justice investigations on Trump. He recently also appointed Robert Hur to act as special counsel in Biden’s case.