On Sunday during an appearance on ABC’s “This Week” former Vice President Mike Pence revealed that he did not have any knowledge about a “broad-based effort” to have documents declassified at the end of the Trump administration. Former President Donald Trump has repeatedly defended his actions regarding the classified documents that he allegedly kept in his Mar-a-Lago estate by arguing that the documents had been declassified.
However, Pence argued that he had not received any information about an effort to have the documents declassified. He proceeded to note that the White House followed a specific process for declassifying the documents and that he did not know of the former President having issued a broad-based directive to initiate such a process. However, as he pointed out just because he had not been made aware of it, it did not necessarily mean that it had not happened.
Pence is not the only member of Trump’s administration to have made such claims. According to a Sunday ABC News report, former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows had also informed federal investigators who are dealing with the Mar-a-Lago classified documents case that he did not remember Trump issuing any order to have the documents declassified.
Meadows added that following the first request from the National Archives for the documents to be declassified he had offered Trump assistance in sorting through the documents, but that Trump had rejected his offer.
Pence has argued that he “would expect” that Meadows would have been made aware of any declassifying order because of his position.