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Nancy Pelosi subpoenaed over intruder’s hammer attack

By Jake Beardslee · November 2, 2023

In brief…

  • Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi subpoenaed by both prosecution and defense in upcoming California criminal case
  • Subpoenas believed to relate to violent home attack against Pelosi's husband Paul last year
  • Pelosi says she will comply with subpoenas for non-privileged information
  • Intruder David DePape faces attempted murder and other felony charges for the attack
  • Pelosi remains U.S. Representative for California after recently stepping down as House Speaker
Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has been subpoenaed in relation to the criminal case regarding the violent attack on her husband last year.  US Department of Labor/Wikimedia

Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced on the floor of the House that she has been subpoenaed by both the prosecution and defense in an upcoming criminal case in California, related to the attack on her husband Paul Pelosi last year.

The 83-year-old Pelosi stated that after consulting with the Office of General Counsel, she determined that complying with the subpoenas requiring her to provide non-privileged information was consistent with House privileges. Her responses to both subpoenas will be identical.

Pelosi’s husband Paul was violently attacked in their San Francisco home last year by an intruder named David DePape, who authorities say broke in looking for the Speaker and assaulted Paul Pelosi with a hammer. DePape grew up in Canada but moved to California 20 years ago, living in the Berkeley area. He was known to post online conspiracy theories and disturbing content.

At the time of the attack, Paul Pelosi underwent surgery for a skull fracture but is expected to fully recover. DePape is in custody and faces multiple felony charges including attempted murder. The attack was condemned by Democrats and Republicans alike.

Pelosi has not commented specifically on the subpoenas, which are believed to relate to the criminal case against DePape. She continues to serve as the representative for California’s 11th Congressional District after stepping down as Speaker earlier this year.