– Attack on Nancy Pelosi’s husband: Suspect says he was ‘too friendly’
The man who assaulted the husband of the Democratic leader in Congress in late October described the incident as a “pretty friendly” incident, according to a recording reported Wednesday by multiple media outlets.
David DeBabe, who is on trial for attempted murder among other things, appeared in court in San Francisco on Wednesday during a preliminary hearing to determine whether he should stand trial. He denied all the allegations against him.
Judge Stephen Murphy ruled: For him, the evidence was sufficient for a trial. “The only reasonable interpretation of (David DePape’s) statements is that he intended to kill Paul Pelosi when he got in Mr. Pelosi’s way,” the magistrate said. A formal hearing is scheduled for December 28.
A Canadian follower of conspiracy theories
Facing the judge, the prosecutor aired several parts of the police investigation while the suspect was in the hospital after the attack on Paul Pelosi. The 42-year-old Canadian, a former nudist adept at conspiracy theories on social networks, later described his intrusion into Pelosi’s home in San Francisco, which, according to him, took place under good circumstances until the attack. “I threatened him once or twice, but, overall, it was very friendly,” the suspect explained during the interrogation, the “San Francisco Chronicle” reported.
However, when confronted by police, he admitted to hitting Paul Pelosi “with all (his) strength” with the hammer. The man in particular, armed with a rope, a pair of gloves and duct tape, initially targeted Nancy Pelosi days before the US midterm elections. According to the investigation, he planned to “break the ball joints” of the member of parliament if he did not admit to the “lies” of the Democratic camp.
But she was in Washington that day. Her husband, Paul Pelosi, 82, had time to call 911 when he was stabbed, suffered a fractured skull and then passed out. He underwent surgery and had to stay in the hospital for a week. U.S. officials believe he intended to kidnap Nancy Pelosi, second in line after Vice President Kamala Harris to replace Joe Biden.
Tom Hanks for Target
During the trial, David DeBabe vowed to attack other American figures, particularly California Governor Gavin Newsom, President Hunter Biden’s son, and actor Tom Hanks, who pointed to a police officer during the trial. He did not say whether police were able to establish that the suspect already had concrete plans for this, local channel KRON4 reported his testimony.
According to San Francisco’s attorney general, during a trial, the Canadian faces up to life in prison. He is being prosecuted separately by federal justice and denies all charges.
Nancy Pelosi announced in mid-November that she would relinquish the Democratic leadership of the future House of Representatives, which has a Republican majority. She explained that her husband’s full recovery “will take a long time” after he underwent surgery and spent a week in the hospital in early November.