REPORT: Former presidents coy on classified documents as senator suggests ‘they’re all sitting on stuff’

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The news that former Vice President Mike Pence had classified documents in his home, joining President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump, has Capitol Hill wondering what a sweep of all living former presidents’ and vice presidents’ residences and offices would uncover.

The Washington Examiner has reached out to representatives for former Presidents Jimmy Carter, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama about whether they have conducted searches for classified documents. All of former President Bill Clinton’s classified materials were properly turned over to the National Archives in accordance with the Presidential Records Act, Clinton’s office told the Washington Examiner.

An Obama spokesperson told Fox News, “We have nothing for you at this time.” Attorney General Merrick Garland has already appointed two separate special counsels to investigate the handling of classified materials by Biden and Trump.

Some lawmakers believe there are documents that can be found on close inspection of other former leaders..

“I’m guessing if you really did a deep dive, they’re all sitting on stuff they shouldn’t, would be my guess,” said Sen. Mike Braun (R-IN), according to the Washington Examiner. “I mean, if you look at the most recents, I guess the only one that would need to be in that club now to be scoured would be Obama.”

“I would have thought … that anyone who served in any of these roles as president and vice president that are still living would say, ‘Go check your closets,'” Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) said.
and other senators pointed to the discrepancies in the way Congress and presidents view classified documents.

“I can hypothesize how this happened,” Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) told the Examiner. “I think it’s — the executive branch folks access these documents differently than members of Congress, who go into a SCIF and we can’t take our phones; we can’t take notes when we read them.”

“You know, there ought to be some systematic reckoning in the sense of reviewing how our top officials leave their offices,” suggested Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT). “Clearly, there is some systematic confusion in how these documents are treated. We’re not allowed to take a single document out of the SCIF or even notes on the document. Obviously, the White House works in a different way.”

Judicial Watch’s Tom Fitton suggested even before documents were found with Pence that, “EVERY former president and vice president should be nervous about the new document rules created out of thin air by Biden gang to target Trump. Obama, Clinton, Carter, Bush, Quayle, Pence: call your lawyers!”

CNN delivered “the line of the week,” according to Marcus James Dixon, senior editor at Gold Derby.

“In light of the Trump/Biden/Pence document scandals,” he wrote adding a quote from the network: “We’re gonna run out of special counsels!”

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