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Did Feds Handcuff an 'Irrational' Nancy Pelosi and Raid Her Office?

A routine review of content labeled satire

Published Dec 27, 2019

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Feds handcuffed an "irrational" House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and raided her office.

On Dec. 24, 2019, the website Taters Gonna Tate published an article positing that a drunken House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was placed in handcuffs while her office on Capitol Hill was searched by law enforcement officials pursuant to a warrant:

Pelosi Humiliated: Feds Handcuff ‘Irrational’ House Speaker While Raiding Her Office

Nancy Pelosi got to feel like a common criminal today when she refused to comply with a standard search warrant. The FBI, in conjunction with the US Capitol Marshals Service, delivered the warrant to Pelosi’s office to search for “anything and everything pertinent to the investigation into the Deep State shadow government.”

Pelosi, who was already drunk by 9 AM, threw a little temper tantrum and had to be detained “for her own protection as well as those around her.” The warrant was executed and Pelosi was released without incident.

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Eagleton, Flagg.   "Pelosi Humiliated: Feds Handcuff ‘Irrational’ House Speaker While Raiding Her Office."     tatersgonnatate.com.   24 December 2019.