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Paul Pelosi: What we know and what we know about the attack on Nancy Pelosi’s husband

Paul Pelosi: What we know and what we know about the attack on Nancy Pelosi’s husband


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A person who is supposed to be Attacked Paul Pelosi, the husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, was arrested Friday at the couple’s San Francisco home and is expected to be charged Monday with several felony charges by San Francisco law enforcement officials. He is expected to be arraigned on Tuesday.

“We are coordinating closely with our federal and local law enforcement partners on this investigation. On Monday, we will bring forward and expect to file multiple felony charges [suspect David DePape] will be arraigned on Tuesday. DePape will be held accountable for his heinous crimes,” San Francisco District Attorney Brooke Jenkins said tweeted on Friday evening.

Here’s what we know and still don’t know about the attack:

Violator identified by police officers David DePape, 42, confronted Paul Pelosi, 82, with a hammer Friday morning, asking, “Where’s Nancy? Where’s Nancy?’ according to a law enforcement source. Two sources familiar with the situation told CNN that the attacker wanted to tie Pelosi up “until Nancy got home.”

When Pelosi encountered the threat, she called 911 and left the line open so the dispatcher could hear her conversation with DePape, who spoke anonymously but explained she needed help, a law enforcement source said.

San Francisco police entered the home around 2:27 a.m. local time (5:27 ET) and found Pelosi struggling with a hammer with a man identified as DePape, the city’s police chief said. Officers saw DePape “violently assault” Pelosi with a hammer, knocked her to the ground, and arrested her.

“It’s really because of Mr. Pelosi’s ability to make that call, and because of that dispatcher’s genuine concern and instinct to realize that something was wrong and prioritize the police call, they’re going to get there.” Minutes to respond to this situation,” Jenkins told CNN’s Erin Burnett on Friday.

Police said DePape entered through a back door and it is unclear if he bypassed any security measures.

Pelosi was taken to a hospital after the attack and “underwent successful surgery to repair a fractured skull and severe injuries to her right arm and hand,” Nancy Pelosi’s press secretary Drew Hamill said in a statement late Friday. He is expected to make a full recovery.

Authorities said Friday that the suspect was in hospital with minor injuries. Didn’t know DePope US Capitol Police It was not in federal databases that track threats, according to three sources briefed on the investigation. But he posted memes and conspiracy theories on Facebook about Covid-19 vaccines, the 2020 election and the January 6 attack on the US Capitol.

A police officer stands outside the home of Nancy and Paul Pelosi in San Francisco on October 28, 2022.

The U.S. Capitol Police said in a statement Friday that it was assisting the FBI and San Francisco police in a “joint investigation” of the attack.

Law enforcement officials have not released a motive for the attack, but San Francisco Police Chief William Scott said at a news conference Friday that the attack was “intentional” and “not a random act.”

“This is not true. Our elected officials are here to do business for their cities, counties, states, and this nation. Their families are not being recorded for this harm, and that’s not right,” Scott said.

Nancy Pelosi was not home at the time of the attack, but had traveled to California to be with her husband on Friday. Security details for lawmakers, including the speaker, do not protect the spouses of members of Congress when they are not with them. Pelosi was able to talk to her husband after the attack and before the surgery, a source familiar with the matter said.

The attack shocked Washington and drew condolences and condemnation from leaders on both sides of Congress. He also cited fears of political violence targeting lawmakers January 6 Uprisingas well as other significant incidents of violence targeting lawmakers in recent years.

President Joe Biden Paul described the attack on Pelosi as “despicable” and directly linked the attack to growing strains of right-wing extremism.

“It’s disgusting. There is no place in America – too much violence, too much political violence. Too much hate. Too much vitriol,” Biden said at a fundraiser in Philadelphia on Friday.

Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell tweeted Friday that he was “horrified and disgusted” by the reports, and House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy’s office said it had reached out to the speaker, a colleague from California.

Vice President Kamala Harris said the attack was evidence of the “horrible things” happening in politics across the country.

At a campaign rally in Baltimore on Saturday, Harris recalled a time in the U.S. when “we appreciated that diversity of opinion led us to progress, to smarter decisions.”

But now, he said, some “leaders” are using their positions to “maintain their personal power” and divide the country. They “use the bully pulpit to promote hatred,” the vice president said.

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, speaking at the same rally, asked people to pray for Paul Pelosi and think about what led to the brutal attack.

“I want you to think about the environment in America that some have created to tear us down, to pit us against each other, to undermine our Constitution and our Declaration and our proposition that ‘all men and women.’ created equal,” said the Maryland Democrat. “We say, ‘These truths are self-evident,’ but they are not self-evident. It’s up to us to make sure America survives too much hatred and division in our country.”

Rep. James Comer, R-Kentucky, who will become House Oversight Chairman if the GOP takes control of the House next year, said both Republicans and Democrats need to tone down the political rhetoric, and he acknowledged he could work on that.

“I condemn any attack of political violence by any party. That’s not true,” Comer told CNN’s Pamela Brown on CNN Newsroom on Saturday. “I’ve been saying for years that the rhetoric is getting worse. It’s a very difficult environment there. You have a lot of people on fire for various political reasons. That puts a lot of politicians in a dangerous spot.”

Comer recalled the 2017 baseball practice shooting in which then-House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and several others were shot.

“It’s a scary environment, and I think people in both parties are guilty of strong rhetoric that really feeds the deranged and creates violence. The same thing happened with the shooter who shot Steve Scalise and several other fellow Republicans. Violence is wrong, these people need to spend the rest of their lives in prison, and we need to do better on both sides. So am I,” Comer said.

San Francisco authorities are asking the public for tips about the attack.

“Although an arrest has been made, this remains an open investigation,” the San Francisco Police Department said in a statement.

Anyone with information is asked to call the SFPD tip line at 1-415-575-4444.



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