President Trump has called Nancy Pelosi’s ripping of the State of the Union Speech “very illegal” and “very disrespectful to the chamber.”
A legal analyst who spoke to TheHill disputes the claim it was illegal.
TheHill reports President Trump claimed Friday that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) committed a crime by ripping up a copy of his speech at the State of the Union on Tuesday evening.
“I thought it was a terrible thing,” Trump told reporters at the White House before departing for a speech in North Carolina. “It’s illegal what she did. She broke the law.”
Trump asserted that Pelosi was barred from ripping up the speech because it is an official document, later calling it “very illegal.”
Glenn Kirschner, a legal analyst and former federal prosecutor, disputed Trump’s claim, telling The Hill that a photocopy of a speech is not an official record.
“The federal law prohibiting the destruction of public records or government documents does not apply,” Kirschner said in a text message.
Trump also described Pelosi’s action as “very disrespectful to the chamber, to the country.”
Pelosi has said she tore up the speech in order to protest the “falsehoods” contained in the president’s State of the Union address and that she felt “very vindicated” by doing so.