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Man told cops of ‘evil’ in Washington

OLGA R. RODRIGUEZ and STEFANIE DAZIO Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO — The man accused of assaulting the husband of US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said there was “evil in Washington” and that he wanted to harm Pelosi because she was second in line for the presidency, a San Francisco police investigator said on Wednesday.

The suspect, David DePape, broke into the Pelosi’s San Francisco home on Oct. 28 to kidnap the speaker – who was out of town – and instead hit her 82-year-old husband Paul Pelosi with a hammer, the authorities said authorities .

San Francisco Superior Court Judge Stephen Murphy ruled that prosecutors had presented enough evidence during a preliminary hearing to proceed with a trial on the state charges, including attempted murder. DePape is expected in state court on December 28.

Lt. Carla Hurley, who interviewed DePape for an hour on the day of the attack, said Wednesday during a preliminary hearing in a state court that the defendant told her about other people he planned to attack, including California Gov. Gavin Newsom, the actor Tom Hanks and Hunter Biden, one of President Joe Biden’s sons.

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Authorities previously said DePape told investigators he had other targets, but a court document said only that they were a local professor, as well as several prominent state and federal politicians and members of their families.

DePape has pleaded not guilty to federal and state charges including attempted murder, burglary and elder abuse. He remains in detention without bail.

“There is evil in Washington, what they did went so far beyond the campaign,” DePape said in a statement to Hurley.

In November, Nancy Pelosi said she would step down after 20 years as Democratic leader of the House but would remain in office. Her official portrait was unveiled in Washington on Wednesday as the court hearing took place more than 2,500 miles away.

Paul Pelosi, her nearly 60-year-old husband, accompanied her to the ceremony at the US Capitol wearing a hat and glove to cover his injuries from the attack.

Hurley, who was a sergeant at the time of the attack and was recently promoted to lieutenant, said DePape told Paul Pelosi he wanted to speak to Nancy Pelosi because “she’s second in line to the presidency.”

If the US President and Vice President become incapacitated, the Speaker of the US House of Representatives assumes the presidency.

Hurley also said DePape told her he was looking for the spokesperson and told her husband he wasn’t part of the plan.

Still, DePape told Paul Pelosi, “I can take you out, I can take you out,” Hurley testified.

Hurley said DePape told her that after seeing the lights of a police squad car, he told Paul Pelosi, “I will not surrender, I am here to fight punishment instead.”

Prosecutors presented the gavel allegedly used in the attack during Wednesday’s trial attended by Christine Pelosi, one of Pelosi’s five adult children.

Prosecutors also played audio of Paul Pelosi’s 911 call to the San Francisco Police Department in the courtroom and showed less than a minute’s video of the attack captured by body cameras.

DePape told police he was on a “suicide mission,” court documents say. Authorities said he was drawn to conspiracy theories.

DePape allegedly sneaked into the Pelosi’s home, confronted Paul Pelosi, who was sleeping in boxers and a pajama top, and demanded to know where “Nancy” was.

DePape then told Paul Pelosi that if Nancy Pelosi told him the “truth” he would let her go and if she “lied” he would break her kneecaps,” the criminal complaint reads.

San Francisco Police Officer Kyle Cagney, one of the two first responders, testified Wednesday that he saw both men holding the hammer as the door opened. DePape did not obey orders from officers to drop the gun and instead lunged at Paul Pelosi and swung the hammer at him, Cagney said.

Paul Pelosi was knocked unconscious and woke up in a pool of his own blood. He later underwent surgery to repair a fractured skull and serious injuries to his arm and hands.

Speaker Pelosi was in Washington at the time and was under the protection of her security department, which does not extend to family members.

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