Pence cleared of charges in classified document probe
Mike Pence, the former US vice president, will not face charges in the investigation into the retention of classified records found at his home, according to a statement released by the Justice Department. The inquiry, which began during the Trump administration, focused on Pence’s handling of classified documents during his tenure as Vice President. However, no evidence was found to warrant charges against him.
The decision by the Justice Department to close the investigation without charges came as a relief to Pence and his supporters. Pence’s spokesperson, Mark Meadows, said in a statement, “We are grateful for the swift and thorough investigation by the Justice Department, which found that there was no wrongdoing by the Vice President.”
The investigation had been a source of concern for Pence and his allies, who feared that it could damage his reputation and potentially derail any future political plans. In recent months, Pence has been seen as a potential candidate for the Republican presidential nomination in 2024.
The announcement by the Justice Department was met with a mixed reaction, with some praising the decision while others criticized it as politically motivated. Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, a close ally of former President Donald Trump, tweeted, “The DOJ’s decision proves once again that the deep state is always looking out for its own.”
Despite the controversy surrounding the investigation, the decision by the Justice Department to clear Pence of charges is seen as a positive development for the former Vice President and his supporters.