FBI agent, Paul Pelosi testify in trial of David DePape

 November 14, 2023

Paul Pelosi testified Monday in the trial of the man accused of brutally attacking him last year.

The court also heard from an FBI agent and others in law enforcement who discussed the police bodycam video of the October 2022 assault, which took place at the Pelosi home in San Francisco.

The defendant, 42-year-old David DePape, faces charges of kidnapping and assault.

Paul Pelosi testifies

When police arrived, the front door opened to reveal DePape and Pelosi struggling over a hammer. DePape struck Pelosi in the head, knocking him cold and causing a skull fracture.

Pelosi told the court that he recalls waking up in a pool of his own blood, and that has tried to put the harrowing incident out of his mind.

He recalled the attack in detail, describing how he has woken up by a "large man" carrying a hammer and zip ties.

"I have not discussed this incident with anybody. I’ve tried to put it out of my mind. I made the best effort I possibly can to not re-live this.”

Attacker had target list

The court also heard from law enforcement officials who testified about the police bodycam video, which showed the assault and the moments leading up to it.

FBI Special Agent Stephanie Minor said the video shows DePape striking Paul Pelosi three times. Minor also said that DePape's hard drive had photos of Pelosi and her home, and his internet searches had numerous references to Pelosi and her family.

DePape's devices also indicated he planned to attack actor Tom Hanks, California Governor Gavin Newsom (D), Hunter Biden, and former US Vice President Mike Pence, Minor said.

The court also heard from members of Capitol Police, who were tasked with protecting then-Speaker Pelosi and monitoring the surveillance cameras at her home.

The Capitol Police had plans to establish 24/7 security at the Pelosi home prior to the attack, but the plan never went through, Roll Call reported.

"Leader of the pack"

DePape told police that he wanted to hurt Nancy Pelosi as revenge for her "lies" and political machinations against President Trump. She was in Washington D.C. at the time.

When her husband told the intruder that his wife was away, DePape said he was going to tie Paul Pelosi up and "wait" for his wife.

"He said, she was the leader of the pack, he had to take her out, he was going to wait for her," said Pelosi. "He was going to tie me up and wait for her."

Pelosi managed to call 911 from inside the bathroom.

DePape has pled not guilty to his crimes.

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