Concerning new information has come out about the attack on Paul Pelosi, the husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. The alleged attacker told police he was on a “suicide mission” and had a list of other famous people he wanted to hurt.
Court documents released on Tuesday show that David DePape, the man who was arrested for the attack, is said to have woken up Paul Pelosi by standing over his bedside and stopping him from running away, all while asking where the House speaker was.
“This wasn’t just an act of violence for no reason. This wasn’t a random break-in at a house. “This was done on purpose,” San Francisco‘s top prosecutor, Brooke Jenkins, said on Tuesday. Here’s what we know about the attack right now.
A court filing from Tuesday says that DePape, 42, told police and medics at the scene that he was sick of the “level of lies” coming from Washington, DC, and that he “came here to have a little chat with Pelosi’s wife.”
“I didn’t want to hurt him, but you know that this was a suicide mission. “I’m not going to sit here and do nothing, even if it kills me,” DePape is said to have said. In the filing, DePape named several people he wanted to hurt, including well-known state and federal politicians and their families. Jenkins told CNN earlier on Tuesday that police think DePape had more “targets” than just the House speaker.
Erin Burnett from CNN asked Jenkins about the suspect’s alleged plans. Jenkins said, “He seems to have had other public officials in mind, but he went to the speaker’s house first.” Jenkins said that the case is still “very fresh,” so she wouldn’t say who might have been a possible target. The district attorney says that DePape has been “cooperative” with police and “sat through a long interview” before hiring a lawyer.
Remarkable New Information
Tuesday, new, scary details about the encounter were revealed in court documents. CNN has said that DePape woke up a startled Paul Pelosi around 2 a.m. by his bed with a big hammer and a bunch of white zip ties in his hands.
“Are you Paul Pelosi?” The documents say that DePape asked. After that, he asked, “Where is Nancy? “Where is Nancy?” Paul Pelosi, still sleepy, said, “She’s not here.” The documents say that he then threatened to tie up Paul Pelosi and stopped him from leaving in an elevator. Paul Pelosi asked DePape why he wanted to visit his wife.
“Well, she’s second in line for the presidency, right?” asked DePape. According to court documents, after Paul Pelosi confirmed that she was, DePape said, “We’ve got to get rid of all of them,” referring to politicians.
The court documents say that at one point, DePape let Pelosi go to the bathroom. During this time, he was able to use his cell phone to call 911. During the short call, Pelosi spoke in code to the police and was able to subtly tell the dispatcher who he was. The dispatcher was then able to take the call to the next level.
After the phone call, the two men went downstairs. According to the documents, DePape walked behind Pelosi carrying the hammer and zip ties. Downstairs, DePape told Pelosi, “I can get you out. The police will be there soon.” He then walked over to Pelosi while holding the hammer straight up, which made Pelosi reach out and put his hand on it.
At this point, the police arrived at the scene. After Pelosi opened the door and greeted them, one of them turned on their flashlight and saw the two men holding the hammer at opposite ends. This is what the court documents say. An officer told them to drop the hammer, but DePape took it away from Pelosi, “immediately stepped back, and lunged at Mr. Pelosi, hitting him in the head with full force with the hammer, which knocked Mr. Pelosi unconscious.”
“The police ran into the house, tackled DePape, and took away his weapons. “Mr. Pelosi was unresponsive for about three minutes. He woke up in a pool of his blood,” the documents said.
Supporters Of Trump’s Conspiracy
Just one day after making a mild but reasonable statement about the attack, former President Donald Trump added fuel to a false theory about it.
Trump said, “There have been some strange things going on in that house in the last two weeks.” “You know, you and I might be better off if we didn’t talk about it. “It looks like the glass was broken from the inside out, so it wasn’t a break-in, it was a break-out,” the former President told Chris Stigall, a conservative radio host.
Trump went on to say that he doesn’t like Nancy Pelosi, but that what happened was “very sad.” He also said, “Everything is crazy. I mean, if what’s being said is even a little bit true, it’s crazy. But the window was broken, and it was strange that the police were there almost as soon as it happened.
In the days after the attack, some well-known people on the right have made up stories about it, like that Paul Pelosi and the intruder were gay lovers who got into a fight and then killed each other.
The false theory is based on a wrong early news report and a few pieces of evidence that its supporters have taken out of context crazily. It goes against everything the police and federal law enforcement have said about what happened.
In an interview with CNN, San Francisco Police Chief William Scott said, “There is no proof at all that Mr. Pelosi knew this man.” “The evidence shows the complete opposite.”
Also on Tuesday, Arizona Republican gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake, whose support for Trump’s politics has been a big part of her campaign, said she wasn’t making fun of the attack from earlier in the week, even though it was clear she was joking about the Pelosis’ home not having enough security.
On the other hand, Republican Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin, who was criticized last week for using the attack as a political jab at Nancy Pelosi, said he was sorry for what he said. “At the end of the day, I wanted to say that what happened to Speaker Pelosi’s husband was terrible. He told Punchbowl News, “I didn’t do a great job.