Wednesday, December 7

The husband of the president of the US House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, was “violently” attacked in his home

Paul Pelosi, the husband of the president of the US House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, has been “violently assaulted” by an attacker who broke into his home in San Francisco this Friday morning, as reported by the spokesman for the Democratic leader, Drew Hammill. Pelosi, 82, is hospitalized and “is expected to make a full recovery,” according to the statement.

Nancy Pelosi was not in San Francisco at the time of the attack. According to the authorities, the Democratic leader was in Washington with her security team. The assailant has been arrested and the motivation for the attack is being investigated.

In a brief statement without questions, San Francisco Police Chief William Scott explained that his officers were sent at 2:27 a.m. to the home, where they saw Paul Pelosi and the suspect struggling for a hammer before the husband of the Democratic leader was attacked. “The suspect took the hammer from Mr. Pelosi and violently assaulted him with it,” Scott said. “Our officers immediately boarded the suspect, disarmed him, detained him, called for emergency backup, and provided medical assistance.”

Scott has identified the suspect as David Depape, 42, and has reported that he will be charged with attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon, among other crimes.

Previously, two sources had reported to the Associated Press that Paul Pelosi has suffered head and body injuries. various US media They report that the attacker shouted: “Where is Nancy? Where is Nancy? Also, CNN collects, citing two sources, that the man tried to tie up Paul Pelosi “until Nancy got home” and that, when the police arrived, he said he was “waiting for Nancy.”

As reported by the Wall Street Journal based on a police source, the alleged attacker has expressed far-right views on social media, including conspiracy theories about COVID-19 –the latter has also been confirmed by CNN–.

The United States Capitol Police (USCP) has explained in a statement that the FBI and the San Francisco Police are collaborating in a joint investigation into the assault on the couple’s home.

Although the circumstances of the attack are unclear, the incident raises questions about the safety of members of Congress and their families nearly two years after the assault on Capitol Hill and at a time when threats have increased. Congressmen have received more money to increase the security of their homes, but some have tried to push for more protection since in certain cases people have shown up directly at their homes.

In 2021, the police investigated 9,600 threats made against congressmen and senators.

Paul Pelosi is an entrepreneur and runs his own real estate investment and venture capital company, Financial Leasing Services, based in San Francisco. The two met as students in Washington DC and were married in 1963. They have five children.

Reactions have followed one another in American politics. “The president prays for Paul Pelosi and for the entire family of the speaker of the House,” said the White House press secretary, who reported that Joe Biden has spoken with Nancy Pelosi.

“Appalled and disgusted by reports that Paul Pelosi was assaulted at his and Speaker Pelosi’s home last night,” Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell tweeted. “I am glad to hear that Paul is recovering and that law enforcement, including our stellar Capitol Police, are working on the case.”