More details about the October attack on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) husband, Paul Pelosi, were revealed after body-camera footage was shown in court, per a report.
The New York Times reported that, upon arriving at the couple’s home, two officers “find an intruder and Ms. Pelosi’s husband, Paul, standing calmly, each with a hand on a hammer that the police demand they drop.”
The video then reportedly showed the “intruder takes control, wields the weapon over his (Pelosi’s) head and slams it with full force.”
Kyle Cagney, one of the two police officers who were first to arrive, said during a court hearing on Wednesday, “Mr. Pelosi was face down on the ground, a pool of blood by his head.”
The Times noted the suspect, David DePape, was sitting next to his attorney during the hearing.
Testimony claimed DePape said he had other targets, including Hunter Biden and California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D).
Additionally, an audio of the interview that DePape gave to the police was played.
He admitted to breaking into the Pelosi home through a back door, with the purpose of capturing Nancy Pelosi, interrogating her and breaking her kneecaps if she “lied” to him, the Times reported.
When asked to describe the attack with the hammer, Cagney said, “Really hard.”
The newspaper explained the officer “showed the court the hammer, measuring more than a foot long, that he said was used to bludgeon” Paul Pelosi.
The 911 call Paul Pelosi made after the intruder woke him up was also played.
He said on the call that there was “a gentleman here waiting for my wife to come back.”
According to the report, Paul Pelosi shared with the operator who his wife was, and at one point the intruder was heard saying, “The name is David.”
DePape is currently facing multiple felony charges in state court, including attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon, as the Times noted.
He has been accused by the Justice Department of federal crimes, including attempted kidnapping of a federal officer and assault on a family member of a federal official.
DePape could face life in prison if convicted.
The hearing came the same day that Pelosi’s official portrait was unveiled at the Capitol.
The House has unveiled its portrait of Speaker Nancy Pelosi, by Ron Sherr. pic.twitter.com/b5cgL5wIrL
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) December 15, 2022
Several gathered to celebrate the House speaker.
“My members had the courage to elect a woman speaker,” Pelosi said.
Former Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner explained, “Game recognizes game.”
He added, “And the fact of the matter is no other speaker of the House in the modern era, Republican or Democrat, has wielded the gavel with such authority or with such consistent results.”
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