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 Pence says he has no knowledge of ‘broad-based effort’ by Trump to declassify documents
by Miranda Nazzaro - 08/20/23 12:16 PM ET

Former Vice President Mike Pence said Sunday he was not made aware of any “broad-based effort to declassify documents” by former President Trump, knocking down a key defense by Trump in which he denies that he mishandled and hoarded sensitive information after he left the White House.

“In my case, I was never made aware of any broad-based effort to declassify documents,” Pence said in an interview with ABC’s “This Week.” “There is a process that the White House goes through to declassify materials. But I don’t have any knowledge of any broad-based directive from the president.”

Pence noted that this does not imply the order did not happen but that he was not made aware of it.

The GOP presidential contender’s comments come as ABC News reported Sunday that former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows told federal investigators probing the Mar-a-Lago classified documents case that he did not recall Trump ever ordering or discussing declassifying documents.

The network reported that when the documents were first requested by the National Archives, Meadows offered to help Trump go through the boxes he had taken from the White House to find and return official records. Sources told ABC News that Meadows said Trump did not accept the offer.

While saying he “would expect” Meadows to have known about the order, Pence said he hopes the case is not “getting back into the lane of leaks from the Justice Department.”

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