Pence Won’t Face Charges in Documents Inquiry

The Justice Department has declined to pursue charges against former Vice President Mike Pence in connection with his retention of classified documents at his home in Indiana, informing him in a brief letter on Thursday night, according to three people familiar with the situation.

Word that the case would be closed came days before Mr. Pence was set to announce his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination in Iowa.

The F.B.I. and the Justice Department’s national security division conducted an investigation into the potential mishandling of classified information, the department wrote to Mr. Pence’s lawyer, according to a person who had read the letter. Based on the results of that investigation, “no criminal charges will be sought,” according to that person.

In January, a lawyer for Mr. Pence searched the former vice president’s house for documents after aides to President Biden discovered a trove of sensitive material at an office he had once occupied in Delaware.

In contrast to former President Donald J. Trump, who defied a federal subpoena to return materials stored at his Florida residence, Mr. Pence quickly informed the government and said he was unaware how the material ended up at his house.

A special counsel is still investigating the retention of materials by Mr. Biden, who also cooperated with investigators.

Maggie Haberman is a senior political correspondent and the author of “Confidence Man: The Making of Donald Trump and the Breaking of America.” She was part of a team that won a Pulitzer Prize in 2018 for reporting on President Trump’s advisers and their connections to Russia. @maggieNYT

Glenn Thrush covers the Department of Justice. He joined The Times in 2017 after working for Politico, Newsday, Bloomberg News, the New York Daily News, the Birmingham Post-Herald and City Limits. @GlennThrush

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