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Paul Pelosi Attacker Spoke Of “Evil In Washington,” Faces Attempted Murder Charges

A San Francisco police officer who witnessed a hammering assault against Paul Pelosi, the husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, has spoken out about what he saw the night David DePape allegedly broke into Pelosi’s San Francisco residence.

DePape faces several state charges, including attempted murder, burglary of a residence, and assault with a deadly weapon, in connection with his alleged hammer assault of Pelosi in the couple’s San Francisco home. In the assault, DePape allegedly broke into Pelosi’s San Francisco home and attacked Pelosi, according to authorities, using the hammer, breaking his skull and severely wounding his right arm and leg.    

The San Francisco Superior Court has seen bodycam videos of officers, including audio of an officer telling DePape to drop the hammer, to which he replied, ‘Uh, nope’ before allegedly swinging the hammer at Pelosi. He was then tackled by an officer. 

David DePape in California DMV Photo

Prosecutors said DePape tried to kill Pelosi coldly and with calculated intent. Assistant District Attorney Phoebe Maffei drew from items he brought to the house, efforts he made to enter Pelosi’s residence, and DePape’s own recorded statements. 

After hours of testimony, including audio of a 911 call and bodycam video of police, a San Francisco Superior Court judge ruled Wednesday that prosecutors presented enough evidence to move forward with their attempted murder case against David DePape, 42, accused in October of beating U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosis husband. 

“Are the Capitol police around? I got a problem. A gentleman just came into my house, waiting for my wife to come home,” Mr. Pelosi could be heard saying in the 911 call. 

The operator asks his name, to which he replies, “Paul Pelosi. He told me to put down the phone.”

“What is his name?” the operator asked.

Another man shouts: “David DePape!”

San Francisco Police SGT Carla Hurley said Oct. 28 the accused informed officers that he was looking for U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and that her husband was not part of the plan.  

“There is evil in Washington, what they did went so far beyond the campaign. It originates with Hillary (Clinton),” DePape told Hurley, according to her testimony. She said he also remarked, “Honestly, day in day out, they are lying. They go from one crime to another crime to another crime.”  

DePape told Mr. Pelosi, “I can take you out, I can take you out,” Hurley testified.

Cover Photo: Gage Skidmore

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