Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) has charged House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) with potentially violating federal law for destroying her copy of Donald Trump’s State of the Union address.
Gaetz tweeted on Wednesday, “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).”
The Washington Times reported that Gaetz asked for a criminal referral for the California Democrat, and outlined his case in a note sent to the House ethics committee leaders.
Pelosi’s calculated and public tantrum in response to Trump’s speech prompted Gaetz to declare that “Nobody is above the law. She must be held accountable.”
Gaetz highlighted a section of the law stipulating that “whoever willfully and unlawfully conceals, removes, mutilates, obliterates, or destroys … 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.”
It’s unlikely that the ethics complaint will result in any real action against Nancy Pelosi. However, Gaetz isn’t the only one calling for Pelosi to face consequences for her Tuesday display.
Rep. Kay Granger (R-TX) introduced a resolution criticizing Pelosi’s conduct, and Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) tweeted on Wednesday that he had introduced a resolution to censure Pelosi for her behavior as well.