Alleged Pelosi Attacker Said He Had Other Targets: Cops

Meanwhile, sources say US Capitol Police caught break-in on surveillance feeds
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 2, 2022 12:26 AM CDT
Alleged Pelosi Attacker Said He Was on a 'Suicide Mission'
David DePape, right, records the nude wedding of Gypsy Taub outside City Hall on Dec. 19, 2013, in San Francisco.   (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

The moment David DePape allegedly used a hammer to break a glass panel and enter the San Francisco home of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi was caught on surveillance video as part of the security the US Capitol Police installed around Pelosi's home—but no one was watching the feed at the time of the alleged attack. That's according to three sources who told the Washington Post that after an officer cycling through live surveillance feeds early Friday noticed that the feed from Pelosi's residence showed police outside the house, officers started looking at footage from earlier, as well as other camera angles, until they found the moment of the break-in.

As the Post explains in its extensive piece on security for members of Congress and how it's evolved over the years, Capitol Police stopped continuously monitoring the Pelosi house video feeds when Pelosi left San Francisco for Washington, DC, last week; much of her security detail also left with her. (See the Post's full piece here.) Meanwhile, court documents filed Tuesday revealed more details on the brutal attack against Pelosi's husband, Paul, who was home at the time. DePape allegedly told police that he was on a "suicide mission," NBC News reports.

"I’m sick of the insane f------ level of lies coming out of Washington, DC. I came here to have a little chat with his wife," DePape allegedly said, adding that while he didn't travel to the house to hurt Paul Pelosi, "I’m not going to stand here and do nothing even if it cost me my life." The documents also state that when asked if he had other targets in mind, DePape named several other federal and California lawmakers, their family members, and a local professor, the AP reports. (DePape pleaded not guilty Tuesday.)

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