Former Presidents George HW Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama delivered their classified records to the National Archives upon leaving office, representatives of each of the four leaders told CNN, after classified materials were discovered in the home of another former senior official.
The discovery of classified documents at the home of former Vice President Mike Pence in Carmel, Ind., was the third such case in recent months. Former President Donald Trump and current President Joe Biden were also investigated after classified material was found in their homes.
None of the former presidents’ representatives said they were carrying out additional searches of homes or offices where documents might be stored.
Instead, they reiterated the practices these leaders followed as they left the White House in 1993, 2001, 2009 and 2017.
“All of President Clinton’s confidential materials have been duly turned over to NARA pursuant to the Presidential Records Act,” Clinton’s office said.
Bush and Obama followed the same practice, their representatives said, turning over confidential and non-confidential material to the National Archives.
The Archive continues to maintain physical and legal custody of these records, Obama’s office said.
George HW Bush immediately turned over all of his papers, including his personal papers, when he left office. Then, at a later date, his personal papers were returned to him while the Archives sorted everything out, sources familiar with his presidential papers said.
A source familiar with the Archives told CNN that they did not remember former President Jimmy Carter finding any missing classified documents.
Former Vice President Dan Quayle confirmed to CNN that everything was turned over and he never had a problem finding classified documents after he left office.
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