Fact Check: Supreme Court Did NOT Sign Verdict To Impeach Speaker Pelosi

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  • by: Alexis Tereszcuk
Fact Check: Supreme Court Did NOT Sign Verdict To Impeach Speaker Pelosi Law Says No

Did the Supreme Court finally sign a verdict to impeach Speaker Pelosi? No, that's not true: The clickbait headline for a video that shows multiple republican lawmakers speaking but makes no mention of an impeachment of Pelosi and offers no evidence that it happened. The Supreme Court does not have the power to impeach a legislator, only the U.S. House of Representatives has the sole power to do so, according to the U.S. Constitution.

The claim appeared as a video where it was published on Facebook on July 20, 2022 under the title "Supreme Court 𝐅𝐈𝐍𝐀𝐋𝐋𝐘 signs 𝐕𝐄𝐑𝐃𝐈𝐂𝐓 to 𝐈𝐌𝐏𝐄𝐀𝐂𝐇 Speaker Pelosi 𝐚𝐬 Hunter's Laptop 𝐈𝐌𝐏𝐋𝐈𝐂𝐀𝐓𝐄𝐒 her". It opened with Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) speaking:

If you want to understand how power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely

This is what the post looked like on Facebook at the time of writing:

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Facebook screenshot

(Source: Facebook screenshot taken on Sat Jul 23 16:16:23 2022 UTC)

The 10-minute video does not show any evidence of Speaker Nancy Pelosi being impeached by the Supreme Court. There is no mention of impeachment but instead shows Republican lawmakers from both the Senate and House of Representatives criticizing Pelosi. The video does not show any evidence that Pelosi was impeached by the Supreme Court due to an implication in Hunter Biden's laptop. Senator Cruz and Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) both criticize Pelosi in the video but neither say she was impeached by the Supreme Court and neither of them mentions Hunter Biden. Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) does mention Hunter Biden and his laptop but does not say that Speaker Pelosi was impeached by the Supreme Court due to information found on the laptop. Sentaor Chuk Grassley (R-IA) speaks about Hunter Biden but does not mention Pelosi being impeached by the Supreme Court because of a connection to his laptop.

The U.S. Supreme Court does not have the power to impeach elected officials. That power lies with the U.S. House of Representatives according to the U.S. Constitution as cited on the Senate website (archived here):

The United States Constitution provides that the House of Representatives "shall have the sole Power of Impeachment" (Article I, section 2) and "the Senate shall have the sole Power to try all Impeachments ... [but] no person shall be convicted without the Concurrence of two-thirds of the Members present" (Article I, section 3). The president, vice president, and all civil officers of the United States are subject to impeachment.

Lead Stories reached out to Speaker Pelosi for comment and will update the story when a response is received.

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  Alexis Tereszcuk

Alexis Tereszcuk is a writer and fact checker at Lead Stories and an award-winning journalist who spent over a decade breaking hard news and celebrity scoop with RadarOnline and Us Weekly.

As the Entertainment Editor, she investigated Hollywood stories and conducted interviews with A-list celebrities and reality stars.  

Alexis’ crime reporting earned her spots as a contributor on the Nancy Grace show, CNN, Fox News and Entertainment Tonight, among others.

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