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Nancy Pelosi Fined $40K for Destruction of Government Property

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Nancy Pelosi Fined $40K for Destruction of Government Property

image-768x432.jpgHouse Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., tears her copy of President Donald Trump's s State of the Union address after he delivered it to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020. Vice President Mike Pence is at left. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Nancy Pelosi went too far when she ripped up the President’s speech. According to federal statute USC Title 26 SS197, all speeches given before Congress are to be preserved by the Speaker of the House and delivered to the National Archives for safekeeping. Pelosi wasn’t just disrespectful — she broke the law.

While there is no jail term for the offense, the fine is clear: “The Speaker will pay a fine equal to one-tenth of a Presidential salary.” As of now, that fine is $40K, even though Trump doesn’t technically take a salary. The Department of Justice says they will enforce the rule, according to Chief Prosecutorial Director, Art Tubolls:

“The fine is automatic even though it hasn’t been enforced since Tip O’Neil spit on Reagan’s 1982 SOTU speech and refused to hand it over. It was only $20K then, but he paid it. Nancy Pelosi will pay this fine or find herself in contempt of a Justice Department directive, which does carry a jail sentence.

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