Members of the Pelosi family should be able to hear audio of the 911 call Paul Pelosi made to police and see body camera footage of officers responding to his home the night he was attacked, a source familiar with the matter told CNN.
Pelosi made a 911 call during last Friday’s attack after convincing the attacker to let him go to the bathroom, where his phone was charging, and he spoke cryptically to police. Body camera footage is expected to show what police saw as Paul Pelosi opened the door and his attacker attacked him with a hammer, fracturing his skull.
David DePape, the man accused of violently attacking Pelosi last Friday, was arrested in court on Tuesday and he pleaded not guilty to a litany of state accusations. He was released from a San Francisco hospital and transferred to the county jail on Tuesday, according to a spokesperson for the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department.
On Monday, the Justice Department filed federal charges against DePape for assault and attempted kidnapping. An FBI affidavit accompanying the charges provided a detailed account of the 911 call and the alleged attack on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband.
According to the affidavit, Paul Pelosi called 911 at 2:23 a.m. PT and “stated words to the effect that there is a man in the house and the man is going to be waiting for Pelosi’s wife. Pelosi further indicated that he did not know who the man was. The male said his name was David.
DePape told federal investigators he broke into the Pelosi home looking for Nancy Pelosi, and he said he planned to kidnap the Speaker of the House and break her “kneecaps” if she was lying, according to the affidavit. CNN previously reported that DePape yelled, “Where’s Nancy?” as he entered the house.
Eight minutes after Paul Pelosi called 911, officers arrived at Pelosis’ home in San Francisco. According to the affidavit, officers saw Pelosi and DePape both holding a hammer.
“DePape pulled the hammer out of Pelosi’s hand and swung the hammer, hitting Pelosi in the head,” the affidavit reads. “Officers immediately went inside and were able to restrain DePape. As officers restrained DePape, Pelosi appeared unconscious on the ground.
CNN has reached out to the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office and the FBI for comment on plans to provide the Pelosi family with access to evidence.
San Francisco Police Chief William Scott told CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Tuesday evening that after reviewing police body camera footage of the attack, he believed the suspect intended to kill Pelosi.
“What’s clear to me is that he tried to kill Mr. Pelosi,” Scott said on “Anderson Cooper 360.”
Evidence also shows it was clearly a burglary, the police chief said.
The 911 phone call lasted about three minutes, he added, and Pelosi was able to subtly identify himself to the dispatcher, who was then able to place the call.
This story was updated with additional details on Tuesday.
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