President Trump delivered a historic State of the Union Address on Tuesday night.
Upon entering the House chamber President Trump handed Speaker Pelosi a signed copy of his State of the Union speech as is required.
According to Carl Hibgie — US law requires that Pelosi preserve any official government document:
FYI: @SpeakerPelosi destroyed an official government document.
18 US code 2071 states:
“Whoever, having the custody of destroys the same, shall be fined… shall forfeit his office and be disqualified from holding any office under the United States.”https://t.co/o5jzF4X43C pic.twitter.com/xbj3gCzzX8
— Carl Higbie (@CarlHigbie) February 5, 2020
Nancy Pelosi chose to very publicly destroy the document instead.
According to 18 U.S. Code § 2071.
(a)Whoever willfully and unlawfully conceals, removes, mutilates, obliterates, or destroys, or attempts to do so, or, with intent to do so takes and carries away any record, proceeding, map, book, paper, 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.
(b)Whoever, having the custody of any such record, proceeding, map, book, document, paper, or other thing, willfully and unlawfully conceals, removes, mutilates, obliterates, falsifies, or destroys the same, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both; and shall forfeit his office and be disqualified from holding any office under the United States. As used in this subsection, the term “office” does not include the office held by any person as a retired officer of the Armed Forces of the United States.
As F. A. Jaeger said: Pelosi was mandated to preserve the document.
Her legacy will be destroying government property.
Nancy’s legacy is ripping up a document she is mandated to preserve. She’s a complete failure #PelosiTantrum https://t.co/tRNgPzrsn6
— F. A. Jaeger 🦅 (@jaegerbombsaway) February 5, 2020