Unlike Trump, Pence was meticulous about packing up all government documents, making sure every item was indexed and boxed up: report
- Mike Pence’s aides ensured all government documents were indexed and boxed up before he left office.
- Two of his top aides oversaw the process, The New York Times reported.
- The process falls distinctly out of line with reports of Trump’s handling of government documents.
Former Vice President Mike Pence was organized about making sure all White House documents were preserved and packed up, The New York Times reported on Saturday.
His aides, according to The Times, ensured all documents were indexed and boxed up. His chief of staff and his counsel — Marc Short and Greg Jacob, respectively — oversaw the process, The Times reported.
The goal, according to an unnamed official, was for Pence to not vacate the White House without all documents in their proper place.
The process falls distinctly out of line with reports of Trump’s handling of government documents.
This month, the FBI probed into the former president’s Mar-a-Lago residence in Florida and recovered 11 boxes containing classified records that Trump took with him from the White House once he left office, according to the court records made public Friday. Some of the boxes were distinctly marked as “top secret,” Insider’s Sonam Sheth reported.
Under the Presidential Records Act, he should have turned the records over to the agency upon leaving office.
But former White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney under the Trump administration said in a CNN interview that there was a system in place to ensure something like that didn’t happen.
“The staff is supposed to get involved,” he said. “If the president has confidential materials on his desk at the end of one meeting, which is possible … the staff comes in to make sure that all of that stuff is gone and put in a proper place before the next meeting takes place.”
“You can’t control the president,” Mulvaney continued. “The president is going to do what the president is going to do. But there are mechanisms inside every properly functioning West Wing to make sure the law is followed, documents are preserved, and the classified information is treated like classified information.”