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WH classified documents are exposed to many people and can be 'mishandled,' Bush's chief of staff says
Classified documents turning out to be a ‘symptomatic problem’: Andy Card
President George W. Bush’s former Chief of Staff Andy Card says a leaving president never ‘cleans up his own mess’ and that staffers likely misplaced material once handled by Trump, Biden and Pence.
Trump, Biden, and now Pence, too?
On Tuesday, former Vice President Mike Pence informed Congress that he discovered documents bearing classified markings in his Carmel, Indiana, home on Jan. 16 from his time as vice president. The revelation comes months after the Mar-a-Lago raid and just days after multiple material discoveries at President Biden’s personal residences.
According to George W. Bush’s former chief of staff, it wasn’t "unusual" for him or White House staffers to deliver and handle classified documents, possibly providing an explanation as to how this material makes its way outside the Oval Office.
"It wasn't as if every document is only viewed in the skiff," Andy Card said on "Cavuto: Coast to Coast" Tuesday. "When you leave the White House, the principal almost never cleans up his own mess or packs his own boxes. It's a lot of people helping. And I would suspect that's what the situation was with President Trump. I suspect that's what it was with Vice President Biden, and I suspect it was that way with Vice President Pence."
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According to his team, Pence informed the National Archives on Jan. 18 of a small number of potentially classified documents found in two small boxes. Another two boxes contained copies of vice presidential papers. The National Archives then informed the FBI per standard procedure.