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09/04/2020, 19:12:20

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GOP asks Barr if Pelosi committed crime by ripping up State of the Union

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If she did, federal law 'requires removal from office'

WND Staff By WND Staff
Published September 4, 2020 at 9:42am

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi rips President Trump's 2020 State of the Union address on Feb. 4, 2020 (Video screenshot)

Two House Republicans have asked Attorney General William Barr to determine if House Speaker Nancy Pelosi broke federal law when she ripped up President Trump's State of the Union speech.

Republican Policy Committee Chairman Gary Palmer, R-Ala., and Republican Study Committee Chairman Mike Johnson, R-La., wrote a letter to Barr on Tuesday to determine whether her actions violated federal statutes, Fox News reported.

If so, they argue, the law "requires removal from office."

Pelosi made it clear what she thinks of the president as she tore up his State of the Union address on national TV at the conclusion of his remarks in February.

When asked afterward to explain her actions, Pelosi responded, "Because it was the courteous thing to do, considering the alternatives."

"What we saw today was the manifestation of hatred," said Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, at the time. "That hatred consumes any other sentiment they may have."

The Republican lawmakers noted to Barr that the federal law in question reads in part: "Whoever willfully and unlawfully conceals, removes, mutilates, obliterates, or destroys, or attempts to do so, or, with intent … any … document, or other thing, filed or deposited with any clerk or officer of any court of the United States, or in any public office, or with any judicial or public officer of the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both."

It also states that someone who destroys "such record" "shall forfeit his office and be disqualified from holding any office under the United States."

The request comes as Pelosi is being slammed for getting her hair done at a California hair salon that has been closed due to coronavirus restrictions.

Palmer said in a statement that Pelosi’s "famous tantrum on the House floor was more than disgraceful; she violated her responsibility to preserve official documents delivered to the House of Representatives."

"We ask the attorney general to review this scandalous outburst, not simply because it offended every American, but because it set a precedent for radical politicians to hijack state events for partisan performance art and possibly break the law with, thus far, no consequence," he said.

The possibility that Pelosi broke the law was raised back in February, but the lawmakers say they want the issue resolved.

"Fact-checkers" have argued a copy of the speech isn't an official record.

At the time, Fox News host Sean Hannity called it "one of the most classless things ever to be done in the history of the State of the Union."

"Is she genuinely perpetually frustrated?" asked Fox News analyst Brit Hume.

Throughout the address, Pelosi was restless, not paying attention and scanning the room, even raising her hand to make gestures to fellow Democrats.

Give me a break. She tore up a COPY of the speech - she didn't destroy all record of it. Do you think Pence filed his copy in the archives or did it head for file 13 since there were many other copies available?

I think Nancy runs the House as her private fiefdom, and sincerely hope that the GOP recaptures the House in November - but seriously? This kind of bull just looks bad.


Copy-schmopy. Her act was a form of speech, tantamount to burning the American flag in protest; she was making a 'statement,' and Congresscritters can 'say' anything they wish in the House, with impunity. They can lie, defame, etc. etc. etc. with no legal or civil repercussions. About the only thing they can't do is to reveal classified information in open hearings. But they get around that by 'leaking' it to the NYT, and they do that with plausible deniability.

In addition, the Constitution (Article I, Section 6, clause 1) vests them with immunity from arrest while acting officially in the chamber or going to and from the chamber, for anything other than Treason, Felony or Breach of the Peace, and tearing up a copy of a speech isn't even on the radar.

This gambit will go nowhere.


Democrats wouldn't buy a clue if it was government subsidized.

Modified by TEEBONE at Fri, Sep 04, 2020, 19:13:31

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