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Pelosi’s alleged attacker told police he was on a ‘suicide mission’ and planned to target other politicians | American News

The man accused of attacking the husband of US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told police he was on a “suicide mission” and planned to target other politicians.

David DePape is said to have been looking for Ms Pelosi when he attacked her husband Paul, 82, with a hammer in the early hours of last Friday.

According to court documents, before being taken from the San Francisco home by officers, DePape told them, “I’m sick of the insane ****** level of lies coming out of Washington DC.

“I came here to have a little chat with his wife.

“I didn’t really mean to hurt him, but you know it was a suicide mission.

“I’m not going to sit here idly, even if it costs me my life.”

According to the court filing, he also told rescuers he had other targets, including a local professor, several prominent state and federal politicians and their family members.

None of these targets have been named.

“Where’s Nancy?” Where is Nancy?

On Tuesday, DePape appeared in San Francisco Superior Court facing charges of attempted murder, burglary and elder abuse, as well as federal charges including the attempted kidnapping of a US official.

His attorney pleaded not guilty on his behalf before a judge ordered him held without bond until his next court appearance on Friday.

The court filing said DePape smashed his shoulder through glass at Pelosi’s home, facing a sleeping Mr. Pelosi.

Standing over him with a hammer and zip ties, DePape had asked, “Are you Paul Pelosi? Where’s Nancy? Where’s Nancy?”

Mr. Pelosi told DePape that his wife would be out for several days, before DePape threatened to tie her up.

Paul Pelosi called the Capitol Police ‘because they’re usually at home protecting my wife’

Mr. Pelosi was able to call emergency services, telling the dispatcher he didn’t need police, fire or medical assistance, but asking for Capitol police “because they’re usually at home to protect my wife”.

Mrs. Pelosi is entitled to security because of her role, but her husband and other family members are not included in this protection.

The phone conversation was enough to get the dispatcher worried, and she sent police to the house for a “welfare check.”

Officers arrived in time to see DePape hit Mr. Pelosi with the hammer at least once, hitting him in the head, according to court documents.

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Skull fracture surgery

Mr Pelosi was knocked unconscious and awoke to a pool of his own blood, before being taken to hospital for surgery on a fractured skull.

San Francisco District Attorney Brooke Jenkins wrote in court papers that DePape’s intent “couldn’t have been clearer.”

“He forced his way into the Pelosi home with the intention of taking the third person to the presidency of the United States hostage and doing him harm.”

“We will examine the mental state of Mr. DePape”

DePape’s attorney, Adam Lipson, said he intended to provide a “vigorous legal defense”, adding, “We will be conducting a full investigation into what happened.

“We will be reviewing Mr. DePape’s mental state, and I won’t comment on that until I have more information.”

The attack raised new questions about the safety of politicians, amid rising extremism in the United States.

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