The offices of four former presidents have confirmed they properly turned over all classified materials to the National Archives upon leaving office.
Representatives for former Presidents George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama all confirmed the transfers to CNN Wednesday and said no further searches are being conducted, despite the recent news concerning President Joe Biden, former President Donald Trump, and former Vice President Mike Pence.
“All of President Clinton’s classified materials were properly turned over to NARA in accordance with the Presidential Records Act,” a Clinton spokesman said in a statement.
Representatives for both Obama and the younger Bush attested they turned over classified and unclassified documents that are still physically in the possession of the National Archives.
The elder Bush died in 2018, but representatives told CNN he provided the National Archives with all documents from his presidency to the National Archives after losing his reelection bid to Clinton. The National Archives later returned personal items to Bush’s office after sorting through all provided material.
Former President Jimmy Carter’s office did not respond to inquiries from the Washington Examiner on the topic, but the Associated Press reported Wednesday that Carter found classified documents at his Georgia home “on at least one occasion.”
News broke Tuesday that Pence’s team found classified documents at his house in Indiana. The discovery comes weeks after lawyers for Biden found classified documents at both his post-vice presidency offices in Washington, D.C., and home in Wilmington, Delaware. Trump is also the subject of a Justice Department investigation relating to classified documents discovered at his South Florida club Mar-a-Lago in 2022.