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Former Vice President Mike Pence said Friday he took no classified information with him when he left office.

Pence made the comment during an interview with The Associated Press in Iowa a week and a half after classified and top secret information was seized during a search of the Mar-a-Lago estate of the former President Donald Trump.

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When asked directly if he retained any classified information upon leaving office, Pence replied, “No, not to my knowledge.”

The disclosure – which would typically be trivial for a former vice president – is notable given that FBI agents took 11 sets of classified documents from his former boss’s estate on August 8 as they investigated breaches potentials of three different federal statutes. Trump claimed the documents seized by officers were “all declassified” and argued he would have turned them over if the Justice Department had asked.

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Despite the inclusion of material marked “top secret” in the government’s list of items recovered from Mar-a-Lago, Pence said, “Honestly, I don’t want to prejudge until I know all the facts.”


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On Friday, Pence also weighed in on U.S. Republican Liz Cheney’s primary loss earlier in the week to a Trump-backed rival. Cheney, who is arguably Trump’s most prominent Republican critic, called the former president “a very serious threat and risk to our republic” and further ratcheted up his anger over his role as vice president of the House committee investigating the January 6, 2021, insurrection at the United States Capitol.

“My reaction was that the people of Wyoming spoke up,” said Pence, who was targeted in the Capitol that day by angry rioters, some of whom chanted “Hang Mike Pence!” “And, you know, I accept their judgment on what kind of representation they want on Capitol Hill.”

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Pence said he had “great respect” for Cheney’s father, former Vice President Dick Cheney, who served two terms under President George W. Bush.

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“And I appreciate the conservative stance that Congresswoman Cheney has taken over the years,” Pence continued. “But I was disappointed in the partisan smearing of the January 6 committee from the start.”

Speaking in more detail about the Mar-a-Lago raid, the former vice president raised the possibility, as he has in the past, that the investigation was politically motivated and called on Attorney General Merrick Garland to release more details about what led authorities to conduct the search. .

“The anxiety felt by millions of Americans will only be resolved with the light of day,” Pence said on Friday. “I know that is not usual in an investigation. But this is an unprecedented action by the Department of Justice, and I think it deserves unprecedented transparency. »

A few days ago, while speaking at a policy breakfast in New Hampshire, Pence urged fellow Republicans to stop attacking rank-and-file FBI members over the search. of Mar-a-Lago. At Wednesday’s event, he sought to quell some of the growing threats against the FBI by ardent Trump supporters who are angry that Trump’s home was searched.

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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 in Iowa on Friday as part of a two-day trip to the state, which is expected to host the first Republican presidential caucuses of 2024. Pence said Friday he would make a decision early next year on whether to run for the White House, a decision his aides say will be independent of what Trump decides to do.

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After visiting the Iowa State Fair on Friday afternoon, Pence also headlined a fundraiser earlier in the day for Republican Senator Chuck Grassley and was scheduled to speak to a conservative Christian group and fundraiser. of the Northern Iowa Republican Party before leaving on Saturday.

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