Nancy Pelosi makes first public comments on camera about husband’s assault

Nancy Pelosi makes first public comments on camera about husband’s assault


Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi on Friday spoke publicly for the first time in front of the cameras about the attack on her husband Paul and his ongoing recoverysaying it will be a long road but he will be fine.

“Paul came home yesterday. It allows me to be at home with all of you. Thank you, thank you, thank you, for the kind words and good wishes for Paul,” said the Speaker of the House of Representatives in a video released to her. Twitter and a YouTube account.

“It will be a long road, but he will be fine. And, it’s so tragic how it happened, but regardless, we have to be optimistic. He’s surrounded by family, so that’s a wonderful thing.”

Paul Pelosi, 82, was released from a San Francisco hospital earlier this week after recovering from surgery to repair a fractured skull and hand and arm injuries. He was in the hospital for six days after the brutal attack on October 28 at the couple’s San Francisco home. The speaker was in Washington, DC, at the time of the attack.

The man accused of attacking Pelosi, 42-year-old David DePape, has been charged with six counts in connection with the incident, including attempted murder, burglary, assault, false imprisonment and threatening a family member of a public servant. He has pleaded not guilty on all government fees.

On Friday, he gave up his appearance in San Francisco Superior Court. The status hearing is scheduled for November 28, and the preliminary hearing for December 14.

Members of Congress from both parties condemned the violence, raising new concerns for the safety of lawmakers and their families amid all the hostile political rhetoric in the current political climate.

Court documents released Tuesday said DePape told police he was on a “suicide mission” and had a list of other high-profile targets. During the incident, the documents say, DePape woke up Paul Pelosi by standing over his bed and preventing him from escaping — all the while demanding to know the whereabouts of the House speaker.

DePape told officers and medics at the scene that he was sick of the “level of lies” coming out of Washington, D.C., and “came down here to have a little chat with [Paul Pelosi’s] wife,” according to a court filing on Tuesday.

The San Francisco Police Department and the FBI interviewed Paul Pelosi last weekend, San Francisco District Attorney Brooke Jenkins told CNN’s Erin Burnett on Friday.

“I will say that it was a successful interview, he has memories of the event and that’s how we were able to successfully conduct that interview to gain more insight into what happened,” she told Erin Burnett OutFront, adding that “he was in opportunities to answer the many questions that were put to him about how the event unfolded.”

This story has been updated with additional details.

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