Paul Pelosi ‘violently assaulted’ in home invasion: live updates
- The motive is under investigation, but sources told the AP that Pelosi’s home was a specific target.
- The suspect beat Paul Pelosi with a hammer.
- Paul Pelosi has been taken to hospital and is expected to make a full recovery.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband Paul Pelosi was “violently assaulted” Friday morning by an assailant who broke into their San Francisco home, according to a statement from his office.
- The assailant severely beat Paul Pelosi with a hammer and specifically targeted the Pelosi home, The Associated Press reported, citing sources familiar with the investigation.
- He suffered blunt force trauma to the head and body. Pelosi, 82 years old, was taken to hospital and is expected to make a full recovery, the Speaker’s Office said. Nancy Pelosi was in Washington at the time of the attack.
- San Francisco Police Chief William Scott announced a press conference at 9:30 a.m. PST.
Here’s what we know:
The motive for the attack is under investigation, according to a joint statement from the United States Capitol Police, the FBI and the San Francisco police. The joint investigation appeared to underscore the increasing focus of law enforcement on the risk to public officials in the volatile political climate
The attacker is in custody, authorities said, but they did not release the person’s name.
San Francisco police responded to a report of a break-in at 2:27 a.m. on the 2600 block of Broadway in the affluent neighborhood of Pacific Heights, where the speaker and her husband live.
Special agents from the Capitol Police Field Office in California quickly arrived on the scene, authorities said, before investigators from multiple agencies were assigned to the case.
“The President and his family are grateful to the first responders and medical professionals involved and request confidentiality at this time,” Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill said.
The attack raises additional questions about the safety of members of Congress and their families, as threats against lawmakers are at an all-time high nearly two years after the violent Capitol insurgency.
“What happened to Paul Pelosi was a despicable act,” Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said in a statement. speedy recovery. »
President Joe Biden called on the president to “express his support after this horrific attack” and pray for Paul Pelosi and the Pelosi family, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said. “He is also very happy that a full recovery is expected,” she said.
Paul Pelosi pleaded guilty in August to a misdemeanor driving under the influence after being involved in an accident in May in Napa Valley and registering a blood alcohol level of 0.082%, above the legal limit. He was sentenced to five days in prison and three years probation.
Paul Pelosi, a wealthy investor, has drawn Republicans’ attention to successful stock trades they say are tied to politics.
President Pelosi has access to confidential information and the ability to influence policy decisions that may impact publicly traded companies. In the face of public pressure, Congress debated whether members could buy and sell stocks.
The December speaker said it was a “free market economy” and members should be able to participate in the stock market. Earlier this year, Pelosi said the House would introduce a bill that would bar lawmakers from negotiating, but he fell short of a floor vote.
Members of Congress received additional funds for home security, but some demanded more protection as people showed up at their homes and members received an increasing number of threatening communications.
This is a developing story. USA TODAY will continue to update.