Early on Friday morning, a male assailant struck Paul Pelosi, the husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, with a hammer at the couple’s San Francisco residence, according to law enforcement sources.
Pelosi, 82, was admitted to the hospital but is anticipated to fully recover, according to a statement from the Democratic speaker’s office.
According to a statement from the US Capitol Police, they are helping the FBI and the San Francisco Police “with a collaborative investigation” into the break-in at Pelosi’s California home.
The statement adds more details about how law enforcement reacted, stating that “a team of investigators from the Department’s Threat Assessment Section was simultaneously dispatched from the East Coast to assist the FBI and the San Francisco Police with a joint investigation.” Special agents from the USCP’s California Field Office “quickly arrived on scene.”
The attacker is in arrest, according to Drew Hammill, a spokeswoman for Nancy Pelosi, and a motive is being looked into. According to a spokeswoman, the speaker was in Washington at the time of the attack.
In his statement, Hammill added that the Speaker and her family “are appreciative to the first responders and medical professionals involved” and “want privacy at this time.”
According to two sources familiar with the initial circumstances of the incident, the attacker entered the Pelosi home through the back of the building.
One source familiar with protocol claims that there wouldn’t have been a security detail at the home when Speaker Pelosi was away.
According to two law enforcement sources, the home has security cameras that US Capitol Police and other law enforcement may be able to observe on film.
Speaker Pelosi and President Joe Biden spoke, according to the White House.
“The President is sending prayers to Paul Pelosi and the Pelosi family as a whole. He called Speaker Pelosi this morning to offer his sympathy following this horrific attack, according to a statement from the press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre.
He is also relieved that a full recovery is anticipated, she continued. The President reiterates his condemnation of all forms of violence and requests that the family’s request for privacy be honored.
The Pelosis have five kids and have been married since 1963.