Multiple lawmakers indicated on Wednesday that they were taking action against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi( D-CA) for rending up President Donald Trump’s State of the Union Address last night.
Rep. Matt Gaetz( R-FL) wrote on Twitter:” BREAKING: I’m filing an ethics complaint against @SpeakerPelosi for destroying @realDonaldTrump’ s State of the Union speech. Her conduct was beneath the dignity of the House, and a potential violation of law( 18 USC 2071 ). Nobody is above the law. She must be held accountable .”
In a letter to Ethics Committee Chairman Ted Deutch( D-FL ), Gaetz requested that the Committee open an inquiry” into Speaker Pelosi’s flagrant violation of decorum, as defined in clauses 1 and 2 of House Rule XXIII, and request a criminal referral for her potential violation of 18 U.S.C. SS2071( Concealment, removal, or mutilation of documents ), following President Trump’s recent State of the Union address of February 4, 2020. Her unseemly behavior certainly warrants denunciation .”
Later in the note, Gaetz added:” It is hard to overlook the symbolism of such a gesture — the sense that Speaker Pelosi was utterly contemptuous of the President’s achievements, and, most importantly, the attainment of the American people .”
Gaetz said that Pelosi potentially perpetrated a crime by breach 18 U.S.C. SS2071 😛 TAGEND
( a) Whoever willfully and unlawfully buries, removes, mutilates, obliterates, or destroys, or attempts to do so, or, with intentions to do so takes and carries away any record, proceeding, map, journal, article, record, or other thing, filed or deposited with any salesclerk or police officers of any court of the United Government, or in any public office, or with any judicial or public officer of the United States, shall be fined under this title or jailed not more than three years, or both.
( b) Whoever, having the detention of any such record, continuing, map, journal, record, paper, or other thing, willfully and unlawfully buries, removes, mutilates, obliterates, falsifies, or destroys the same, shall be fined under this title or incarcerated not more than three years, or both; and shall forfeit his office and be disqualified from comprising any office under the United State. As used in this subsection, the word “office” does not include the office held by any person as a retired officer of the Armed Forces of the United States.
Her conduct was beneath the dignity of the House, and a potential violation of law( 18 USC 2071 ).
Nobody is above the law. She must be held accountable. pic.twitter.com/ dXPPWQNtI8
— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@ RepMattGaetz) February 6, 2020
Rep. Kay Granger( R-TX) introduced a resolution hammering Pelosi for ripping up such documents on national television, saying it was “a breach of decorum, ” noting that it brought “discredit on the House.”
” Speaker Pelosi’s actions last-place night were appalling and atrocious ,” Granger said in a statement.” Irrespective of her personal feelings, she had a responsibility to conduct herself with civility as the presiding officer representing the House of Representatives. “Shes not” the Speaker of the Democrat, but of the People’s House .”
” Not simply were her acts disrespectful of the Office of the President and the millions of Americans who elected President Trump, these people are a slap in the face to the American heroes and their families he honored in his address ,” Granger continued.” The privileged resolve was introduced under Rule 9 of the standing rules of the House. It let us hope that the House will vote on the resolution later the coming week .”
She is not the Speaker of the Democrats, but of the People’s House! pic.twitter.com/ LXZNa0KvNY
— Rep. Kay Granger (@ RepKayGranger) February 6, 2020
Rep. Paul Gosar( R-AZ) said Wednesday that he was introducing a resolution censuring Pelosi for her actions.
” In have responded to her classless outburst, I’ve decided to introduce a resolution to censure& condemn Speaker Pelosi ,” Gosar tweeted Wednesday.” In a new low-grade, she violated the Code of Official Conduct expect Members’ behave at all times in a manner that shall show creditably on the House.'”
In response to her classless outburst, I’ve decided to introduce a resolution to censure& condemn Speaker Pelosi.
In a brand-new low-pitched, she transgressed the Code of Official Conduct necessitate Members “behave at all times in a manner that shall reflect creditably on the House.” pic.twitter.com/ gvf6KWNpSM
— Rep. Paul Gosar, DDS (@ RepGosar) February 5, 2020
In a follow up interview with The Washington Examiner, Gosar said, “It is my honor to represent Arizona’s fourth district, which includes the family of Kayla Mueller. Speaker Pelosi’s petty outburst wasn’t cute or funny, it was a disgusting display of hatred and unbecoming of her agency. Speaker Pelosi has proven she doesn’t deserve the speaker’s gavel. She didn’t only rip up a few articles of article, she ripped up one of the last Tuskegee Airmen, a child who survived birth at 21 weeks, the morning Mueller family, and a soldiers homecoming.”
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