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 June 4, 2023

DOJ closes Mike Pence's classified documents case, no charges to be filed

In the wake of the FBI's early morning raid on former President Donald Trump's Florida residence regarding classified documents he kept stored at Mar-a-Lago, many other former top officials were scrutinized for similar reasons. 

According to Breitbart, former Vice President Mike Pence was also subject to an investigation regarding classified documents found at his Indiana-based home earlier this year.

Fortunately for Pence, the Department of Justice announced that it doesn't intend to seek charges against the former vice president.

NBC News first reported it, claiming it had viewed a letter announcing that no charges would be brought against Pence for having the documents in his private possession.

The network reported:

On Thursday, the Justice Department's national security division informed Pence’s attorney that it had closed its investigation and that based on the “results” of that probe, no charges will be filed against the former vice president. Pence was interviewed as part of the DOJ's investigation, along with several aides, according to a source familiar with the matter.

Social media erupted upon learning that Pence wouldn't be charged, contrasting the situation with Trump's.

"Breaking News DOJ closes case on Mike Pence possession of classified documents that he had no legal right to possess. Meanwhile, Trump is being charged for possessing classified documents that he had the legal right to possess. Anyone else find it odd on how Pence get's the Democrat Superiors justice treatment while people close to Trump get investigated and charged?" one Twitter user wrote.

Some users also pointed out that there hasn't been much word on President Joe Biden's classified documents situation, which dominated headlines earlier this year and then faded into the background.

"Figured. Not a peep or leak on Biden's classified docs. What's up with that crap?" one Twitter user wrote.

According to NBC, and not surprisingly, a spokesperson for Pence said they were "pleased" with the DOJ closing the case, adding that it was the expected outcome.

For his part, Pence will now have full clearance to launch his 2024 presidential bid, which he's expected to announce in the coming week.

Only time will tell if he can gain the traction needed to faceoff against Trump and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, but his odds are slim given that he is not exactly well-received among millions of Trump supporters. Only time will tell.

Written By:
Ryan Ledendecker

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