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Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz files ethics complaint against Pelosi for destroying Trump's SOTU speech

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Posted at 6:54 AM, Feb 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-06 08:34:48-05

Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz has announced he is filing an ethics complaint against Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi for destroying President Trump's State of the Union speech Tuesday night.

"Her conduct was beneath the dignity of the House, and a potential violation of law (18 USC 2071). Nobody is above the law. She must be held accountable," the Republican tweeted.

At the end of President Trump's State of the Union address Tuesday, Pelosi was seen on camera ripping the speech in half. She later called the speech a "manifesto of mistruths."

"It is hard to overlook the symbolism of such a gesture — the sense that Speaker Pelosi was utterly dismissive of the President's achievements, and more importantly, the achievements of the American people," Gaetz said in the complaint. "Speaker Pelosi's gesture was deeply offense, and appears to violate clauses 1 and 2 of House Rule XXIII ("Code of Official Conduct")."

He first announced the complaint on FOX News Wednesday night.

Gaetz has represented Florida's 1st congressional district since 2017.