Former Presidents George HW Bush, bill clinton, George W. Bush and barack obama handed over their classified documents to the National Archives upon their departure, representatives of each of the four leaders told CNN after the discovery of classified documents in the house of another former senior official.
The discovery of classified documents in former Vice President Mike Pence’s Carmel, Indiana, home was the third such case in recent months. Old President Donald Trump and current President Joe Biden also came under scrutiny after classified documents were found in their homes.
None of the former presidents’ representatives said they were carrying out additional searches of homes or offices where documents could potentially be stored.
Instead, they reiterated the practices those leaders followed when they left the White House in 1993, 2001, 2009 and 2017.
“All of President Clinton’s classified documents were properly turned over to NARA in accordance with the Presidential Records Act,” Clinton’s office said.
Bush and Obama followed the same practice, their representatives said, turning over classified and unclassified documents to the National Archives.
The Archives continues to retain physical and legal custody of these documents, Obama’s office said.
George HW Bush immediately handed over all his papers, including his personal papers, when he left office. Then, at a later date, his personal papers were returned to him as the Archives sorted through everything, sources familiar with his presidential papers said.
A source close to the archives told CNN they did not recall former President Jimmy Carter finding any misplaced classified documents.
Former Vice President Dan Quayle confirmed to CNN that everything had been turned over and that he never had any problems finding classified documents after leaving office.