During his emotional testimony at the federal court in San Francisco, the man accused of attacking Paul Pelosi, husband of Rep. Nancy Pelosi, offered a glimpse into an unexpected defense strategy. The case is expected to go to the jury as early as Wednesday, and the defendant, Canadian citizen DePape, faces a potential life sentence if convicted. He has pleaded not guilty, with his lawyers arguing that he did not intend to interfere with Rep. Pelosi’s official duties, a crucial element of the federal charges. It’s worth noting that Rep. Pelosi wasn’t present during the attack.
According to DePape, assaulting Paul Pelosi was never part of his plan, as he broke down sobbing repeatedly throughout his testimony. “When he was on the ground breathing, I was, like, really scared for his life. I felt bad for him because we kind of had, like, a really good rapport,” DePape shared. Instead, he revealed that his intention had been to abduct Nancy Pelosi and use her as bait to target other individuals on his list, including Hunter Biden, son of President Joe Biden.
DePape acknowledged that he specifically targeted Nancy Pelosi first due to her leadership position in the Democratic Party, and also because he believed her home would be easier to break into compared to other targets, such as Rep. Adam Schiff and a gender studies professor. However, when asked about a jailhouse interview he had given where he apologized to the public for not reaching other individuals on his list, DePape showed no remorse for the attack on Paul Pelosi.
It is important to note that Paul Pelosi suffered a fractured skull and continues to experience lingering injuries from the hammer attack by DePape. The defendant will also face a separate trial on state charges related to the assault.