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Mike Pence says he didn't leave the office with classified material

Former Vice President Mike Pence said Friday that he did not bring any classified information with him when he resigned.

Pence said in an interview with his AP inIowa that had seized classified and sensitive information during the search for the former president. He commented a week and a half later. Donald Trump'sMar-a-Lago estate.

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Pence said he held confidential information at the time of his resignation, saying, "No, not to my knowledge."

Given that FBI agents exfiltrated 11 sets of classified records from the property of a former boss on Aug. 8 to investigate possible violations of three different federal laws, the former Vice President Trump claimed that the documents seized by investigators were "all declassified" and that he would have turned them over if the Justice Department had asked. .

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Government's list of items recovered from Marlago contains material marked 'Top Secret'. Nonetheless, Pence said: Honestly, I don't want to prejudge until all the facts are clear.

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Pence on Friday also sided with Republican US Congressman Liz Cheney, who lost to a Trump-backed rival earlier this week. Cheney, perhaps Trump's most prominent Republican critic, called the former president a "very grave threat and risk to our republic,"January 62021, United States Riot at the Capitol.

"My response was that people in Wyoming had spoken," said Pence. He was targeted in the Capitol that day by an angry mob, including those who chanted "Hang Mike Pence." "And, you know, I'll take their judgment on what representation they want in the Capitol."

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It's a conservative stance that Rep. Cheney has taken over the years," Pence continued. "But I have been disappointed early on by the partisan taint of the January 6 Commission." also raised the possibility that the investigation was politically motivated and asked Attorney General Merrick Garland to disclose more information about what happened. He ordered the authorities to search.

"The concerns felt by millions of Americans will only be resolved after dark," Pence said Friday. "I know that's not always the case with investigations. But I think this is unprecedented action by the Department of Justice and deserves unprecedented transparency."

a few days ago, While speaking at a political breakfast in New Hampshire, Pence urged fellow Republicans to stop blaming rank-and-file members of the FBI over the search for Mar-Arago. At Wednesday's event, he tried to defuse some of the growing threats to his FBI from die-hard Trump supporters angry that Trump's home was raided.

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"The Republican Party is the party of law and order," Pence said Wednesday. "Our party stands with the men and women who stand on the thin blue line at the federal, state and local levels, and these attacks on the FBI must stop."

Pence was scheduled to host the 2024 Republican Chiefs of Staff Conference on Friday as part of a two-day trip to Iowa. Mr Pence said Friday he will make a decision early next year on whether to run for the White House.

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On Friday afternoon during a visit to the Iowa State Fair, Pence also announced that day for Republican senators. Headlines for the fundraiser were made early on.Chuck Grassley was scheduled to speak with Christian conservative groups and Republican fundraiser in northern Iowa before leaving on Saturday.

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