Mike Pompeo on Classified Document Discoveries: ‘Take Responsibility’
POMPEO: "Every one of us who handles classified information, I did it as a member of the House of Representatives, when I served on the Intelligence Committee, and then I had a SCIF in my home both as CIA director and secretary of state. We all signed a set of rules about how we're going to handle this information and every one of us does our level best to do that. I hope everyone in this, whether it was President Trump, President Biden, Vice President Pence, all did that. When you find out you made a mistake, if that's, in fact, what it turns out to be, you need to get it in the right hands as quickly as you can and then you need to take responsibility for what happened. This is serious stuff. If those documents are classified, it’s important and we need to protect those secrets. It’s hard for me to have imagined this happening to somebody — some of these appear to be from President Biden’s time as a senator, I never even hardly touched those documents. You would be in the SCIF in the Capitol Building, on the table, read, leave. When you're in the executive branch, you have these classified documents in your home. And so, one can imagine a note getting someplace, something getting stuck in, I suspect that may be what happened, but we have an obligation to the American people to figure that out and who might have seen them."