Ex-Vice President Mike Pence has clear designs on Joe Biden's job. But for now, the potential 2024 Republican candidate may have done the president a favor. And he might also have done one last service to his old boss, Donald Trump.

The discovery of classified documents in Pence's home in Indiana, as first reported by CNN Tuesday, took the heat off Biden's struggles to explain his possession of such material from his own vice presidency. And it made Pence the most popular man in the White House Tuesday. For one thing, the rumbling saga of secret documents had a new front man.

CNN's Jamie Gangel, Evan Perez, Lauren Fox and Edward-Isaac Dovere contributed to this report.

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