The National Archives is considering asking former presidents and vice presidents to search again for classified materials


The National Archives is looking to send letters to all living former presidents and vice presidents, asking them to review their records to make sure there are no classified materials, according to sources familiar with the matter.

Representatives for four former presidents have told CNN they do not have any classified records in their possession following news that former Vice President Mike Pence had declassified documents at his home in Indiana. Representatives for former Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Barack Obama and the late George H.W. Bush told CNN that all of the classified records were turned over to the National Archives upon their departure from office.

The discovery of classified documents at Pence’s home in Carmel, Indiana was the third such case in recent months. Former President Donald Trump and current President Joe Biden have also come under scrutiny after classified materials were found in their homes.

None of the representatives of the former presidents said they were conducting additional searches of homes or offices where documents might be stored.

Instead, they replicated the practices these leaders followed upon leaving the White House in 1993, 2001, 2009, and 2017.

“All classified materials of President Clinton were properly turned over to NARA in accordance with the Presidential Records Act,” Clinton’s office said.

Representatives for Bush and Obama said they followed the same practice, turning both classified and unclassified materials over to the National Archives.

Obama’s office said the archives still retain physical and legal custody of the records.

George HW Bush immediately turned over all of his papers, including his personal papers, when he left office. Then, later, his personal papers were returned to him as the archives sorted everything out, sources familiar with his presidential papers said.

A source familiar with the archives told CNN that they do not recall former President Jimmy Carter finding any stray classified documents.

Former Vice President Dan Quayle confirmed to CNN that everything was turned over and that he had no problems finding classified papers after he left office, and sources familiar with former Vice President Dick Cheney’s records said he also turned everything over when he left the White House. House and comply.

Former Vice President Al Gore’s spokesperson said, “Upon leaving the White House in January 2001, Vice President Gore and his staff turned the material over to NARA in accordance with the Presidential Records Act. No classified material has been discovered in the 22 years since VP Gore left public office.”

This story has been updated with additional details.

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