On Tuesday evening after Trump’s State of the Union address to the nation, everyone witnessed Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi rip up the official signed transcript of the address. Not only was it petty act of defiance, it was also illegal according to some.
The following is an excerpt from Rep. Dan Bishop (NC) who posted this in his Facebook page:
The signed address delivered into Pelosi’s custody wasn’t hers to destroy. Behold the consequence:
18 U.S.C. § 2071(b)— specifically directed at custodians of public records. Any custodian of a public record who “willfully and unlawfully conceals, removes, mutilates, obliterates, falsifies, or destroys (any record) shall be fined not more than $2,000 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.” While the range of acts proscribed by this subsection is somewhat narrower than subsection (a), it does provide the additional penalty of forfeiture of position with the United States.
Nancy Pelosi has said it herself, numerous times: No one is above the law. So let justice be served.