GOP introduces resolution to condemn Pelosi's actions, says she may have broken a law

The law prohibits willfully destroying paper or documents "filed or deposited" in public office.

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February 06, 2020 - 10:20 am
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(KFTK) - One member of Congress has filed an ethics complaint against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for his actions at the conclusion of Tuesday night's State of the Union address. He says that Pelosi possibly violated numerous House rules — and maybe even broke the law.

Related: Nancy Pelosi rips up Trump's speech at the end of the State of the Union

Pelosi tore up a paper copy of President Donald Trump's speech, setting off anger from lawmakers on the other side of the political aisle.

Republican Rep. Kay Granger of Texas introduced a resolution on Wednesday, just hours after the Senate impeachment vote, to condemn the Speaker of the House for her actions, calling them "a breach of decorum" that brought "discredit on the House."

Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz filed an ethics complaint, saying "Speaker Pelosi’s gesture was deeply offensive and appears to violate clauses 1 and 2 of House Rule XXIII," and he says "a potential violation of law (18 USC 2071)."

The law prohibits willfully destroying paper or documents "filed or deposited" in public office.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy jumped on board with his GOP colleague, saying that the document should not have been destroyed.

While House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer tried to get the resolution set aside, because it is considered privileged, the chamber must consider the measure between now and Friday.

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