Former Speaker of the House and current California Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi just informed the House of Representatives on Wednesday that she had been served a subpoena ordering her to hand over documents in a “criminal case” in California.
The statement by Pelosi on the matter was read by the House Clerk, which is standard operating procedure in the House of Representatives when a member is issued a subpoena that is related to either a civil or criminal matter.
“This is to notify you formally pursuant to Rule Eight of the rules of the House of Representatives, that I, the Honorable Nancy Pelosi, Speaker Emerita, and U.S. Representative for the 11th Congressional District of California, have been served with third party subpoenas from the prosecution and the defendant to produce documents in a criminal case and United States District Court for the Northern District of California,” the statement the House Clerk read said.
It continued, “After consultation with the Office of General Counsel, I have determined that compliance with the subpoenas is consistent with the privileges and of the House to the extent it requires production of non-privileged information. The responses to the subpoenas will be identical.”
The subpoena is likely related to the incident in which Rep. Pelosi’s husband, Paul Pelosi, was attacked in his home by David DePape. DePape’s trial is set to begin this month, adding to the likelihood that the subpoena relates to that matter.
The incident occurred over a year ago, in late October of 2022. The Department of Justice, giving its rendition of the event in a press release, said, “According to the indictment, David DePape, 42, of Richmond, was arrested on Oct. 28 inside the Pelosi residence by San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) police officers responding to a 911 call from Paul Pelosi, husband of U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Paul Pelosi later described to police that he had been asleep when DePape, whom he had never seen before, entered his bedroom looking for Nancy Pelosi.”
It continued, “According to the indictment, minutes after the 911 call, two police officers responded to the Pelosi residence where they encountered Paul Pelosi and DePape struggling over a hammer. Officers told the men to drop the hammer, and DePape allegedly gained control of the hammer and swung it, striking Pelosi in the head. Officers immediately restrained DePape while Pelosi was injured on the ground. As set forth in the indictment, once DePape was restrained, officers secured a roll of tape, white rope, a second hammer, a pair of rubber and cloth gloves, and zip ties from the crime scene, where officers also observed a broken glass door to the back porch.”
It then added, “DePape is charged with one count of assault upon an immediate family member of a U.S. official with the intent to retaliate against the official on account of the performance of official duties. He is also charged with one count of attempted kidnapping of a U.S. official on account of the performance of official duties. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison for the assault count and 20 years in prison for the attempted kidnapping count. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.”
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