NBC removes report claiming Paul Pelosi walked away from police, ‘did not immediately declare’ emergency

Trevor Schakohl, DCNF

NBC pulled an aired report from its website that said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband Paul opened the door to their house, walked away from police and “did not immediately declare an emergency” the morning he was attacked.

“Sources familiar with what unfolded within the Pelosi residence now revealing, when officers responded to the high-priority call, they were seemingly unaware they’d been called to the home of the Speaker of the House,” NBC News reporter Miguel Almaguer said in the Nov. 4 “Today” report. “After a knock and announce, the door was opened by Mr. Pelosi. The 82-year-old did not immediately declare an emergency or try to leave his home, but instead began walking several feet back into the foyer toward the assailant and away from police.”

NBC removed the report from the show’s website the same day, stating, “The piece should not have aired because it did not meet NBC News reporting standards.”

David DePape allegedly broke into the home early on Oct. 28, said he wanted to speak with Nancy Pelosi, and eventually attacked her husband with a hammer, according to a federal affidavit. The Speaker and her protective detail were in Washington, D.C., when the incident occurred, U.S. Capitol Police said.

Paul Pelosi has since returned home after being hospitalized. NBC added it was unclear why “Pelosi didn’t try to flee, or tell responding officers he was in distress.”

The report referenced a state-level court filing against DePape. He has pleaded not guilty to all state-level charges against him, CNN reportedincluding attempted murder, false imprisonment and threatening the life or serious bodily harm to a public official.

DePape is also federally charged with assaulting a U.S. official’s immediate family member with the intent to retaliate against the official on account of the performance of official duties and attempting to kidnap a U.S. official on account of the performance of official duties.

NBC did not immediately respond to the Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment.

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