Paul Pelosi Testifies in Federal Trial of Brutal Attacker David DePape

“The door opened and a very large man came in with a hammer in one hand and some ties in the other,” Mr. Pelosi, 83, told a jury on Monday. “And he said, ‘Where’s Nancy?’”

Paul Pelosi testified on Monday in a federal court, speaking out for the first time publicly about the brutal attack last year that left him hospitalized for days with a cracked skull. 

“I’ve made the best effort I possibly can to not relive this,” Mr. Pelosi said on the witness stand. He said he had not listened to the 911 call from that night, nor watched any of the videos that had been presented as evidence. Except for his interviews with prosecutors, “I have not discussed this incident with anybody,” he said, adding the episode had been “so traumatic for my family.”

Pelosi said he was still undergoing physical therapy, and suffering pain from the attack. For the better part of the last year, he has worn hats and beanies everywhere he goes. His hair has only just come back, but he still has lumps on his head from the beating. “If I run my fingers, I can still feel them,” he said.

David DePape, who suggested he may want to break Paul’s wife’s kneecaps during the attack, has said he believed Nancy Pelosi was a leader of a cabal of liberal elites bent on taking away people’s freedoms, echoing the language that right-wing pundits and elected officials have for years used to describe her.

DePape is charged with two crimes, including an assault on an immediate family member of a federal official, and attempted kidnapping of a federal official. He faces a possible sentence of life in prison if convicted.

DePape’s defense attorneys are saying DePape’s motivation was not Pelosi’s official duties as a member of Congress, but rather targeting a larger conspiracy in which he planned to use the then-Speaker of the House to lure other liberal figures he believed were responsible for pedophilia, corruption and destroying freedom in America.

DePape also was planning to target actor Tom Hanks, billionaire George Soros, Gov. Gavin Newsome, and Rep. Adam Schiff.

NYT, The Hill

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