Paul Pelosi takes the stand in trial of intruder who bashed him in the head with a hammer

Taking the stand, Paul Pelosi testified against his alleged attacker, including how he supposedly got the man downstairs: “I recognized I was in serious danger.”

Little more than a year had passed since the late Oct. 2022 home invasion that took place at then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D) San Francisco residence, leaving her husband hospitalized with a fractured skull. Monday, while still suffering from occasional headaches and other neurological symptoms in the wake of being struck with a hammer, Pelosi testified in San Francisco federal court providing his own breakdown of what transpired.

Indicating that he had not set the alarm system before going to bed, NBC News reported that in testifying against his alleged attacker, David DePape, Pelosi told the court, “The door opened, and a very large man came in with a hammer in one hand and some ties in the other, and he said, ‘Where’s Nancy’ as I think that woke me up.”

“I’m asleep and he bursts in the door and that woke me up,” he continued.

Pelosi further testified of the intruder allegedly armed with a hammer and zip ties, “I recognized I was in serious danger.”

“He was standing in the doorway and I assume he was three, four feet away from me,” he continued. “It was a tremendous sense of shock to see somebody broken into the house.”

Oft-reported, during the home invasion, Pelosi had managed to make a 911 call where he had told a dispatcher, “This gentleman just came into the house and wants to wait here until my wife comes home and, anyway, he’s telling me to put the phone down.”

DePape was said to have expressed intent to target multiple officials and public figures including California Gov. Gavin Newsom, actor Tom Hanks and President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, all named in court documents. Even his defense attorney Jodi Linker had told jurors during her opening statement, the case against her client wasn’t a “whodunnit” so much as it was about uncovering the reason for the attack to which he had pled not guilty.

During an interrogation, DePape had told officials the then-speaker “was the leader of the pack” as he went on a rant about “a record-breaking crime spree, the Democratic Party. They are criminals. They were submitting fake evidence to spy on rival campaigns….yeah, Trump. …It’s an endless f*cking crime spree… until they were able to steal the election,” as he compared himself to the Founding Fathers, “When I left my house, I went to fight tyranny.”

After the call had been made, Pelosi testified that he told the intruder, “Since all your stuff is downstairs, why don’t we go downstairs? You can tie me up, and you can get some sleep.”

Thereafter, bodycam footage captured the moment that Pelosi answered the door to the police just before he was struck on the head with a hammer and suffered a skull fracture. He told Assistant U.S. Attorney Laura Vartain Monday the next thing he remembered was “Waking up in a pool of blood.”

That footage had been permitted by U.S. District Judge Jacqueline Scott Corley to be shown in slow motion despite objection from DePape’s defense.

There was no cross-examination of Pelosi from the defense and his legislator wife was not in attendance. However, their daughter Christine Pelosi was seen as she had been since jury selection had begun on Nov. 6. Deliberations are expected to begin Wednesday after closing arguments are delivered.


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