With the midterms just around the corner, the national political temperature is rising exponentially. Just days ago, this worrisome trend came to a head, with a crazed and politically-motivated individual breaking into the home of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and attacking her husband Paul.
Now, with the attacker in custody and Paul recovering in the hospital, new details are emerging regarding what plans the assailant had made.
The man accused of breaking into Paul Pelosi’s home and beating him over the head with a hammer wanted to hold his House Speaker wife Nancy hostage and break her kneecaps, the FBI said on Monday.
David DePape, 42, walked into the bedroom of the Pelosi’s $6million San Francisco home just before 3am on Friday, woke 82-year-old Paul up and said he would wait for his wife to get home.
He told investigators he wanted ‘kneecap her’ if she ‘lied’ to him and so she would have to be ‘wheeled into Congress, showing other Members there were consequences to actions’.
The shocking new details were unveiled as DePape slapped with federal charges including attempted kidnapping, and as a new Fox News report suggested he was in the U.S. illegally from Canada.
The incident was rather violent.
Paul Pelosi, who was the only one home when DePape broke in, called the police who arrived two minutes later to find the 82-year-old and DePape, 42, struggling over a hammer, according to a Department of Justice press release.
Officers told the men to drop the hammer. DePape then gained control of it and swung at Pelosi’s head, before he was arrested as Pelosi lay unconscious on the ground, San Francisco FBI special agent Stephanie Minor wrote in a request for a federal criminal complaint and arrest warrant.
Paul Pelosi’s condition has been steadily improving while in the hospital, and is expected to make a full recovery after the violent incident.