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- Nancy Pelosi was not arrested for ripping up Donald Trump’s State of the Union speech.
- Legal experts say her actions weren’t illegal.
Accompanying an array of images in a recent Facebook post, including photos of civil court filings, screenshots of tweets, and a picture of U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, is one explosive allegation: that the California Democrat was arrested.
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"BREAKING While leaving the US Capitol nancy Pelosi has been intercepted by US Marshals and ARRESTED (!) under the direct order of President Trump. WH claims ripping up speech was violation of decorum provision of Rule XIX!"
"Marshals holding Pelosi are NOT(!) allowing her a phone call or to contact her attorneys. Chuck Schumer is racing back to the US capitol. White House sources say that she will be transported to undisclosed location TONIGHT (!) to face MILITARY TRIBUNAL (!!!)"
And while some people have signed a Change.org petition calling for her arrest after she ripped up her copy of the president’s speech, no arrest has happened. We found no news coverage online about Pelosi being taken into custody. If she had been arrested, it would have drawn plenty of media attention.
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PolitiFact, Charlie Kirk wrongly suggests Pelosi broke law by ripping Trump State of the Union speech, Feb. 5, 2020
Change.org, Have Nancy Pelosi arrested for destruction of government property, visited Feb. 18, 2020
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