David Deppe, Paul Pelosi’s attacker, told police he intended to take former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi hostage and question what Democrats had done to President Trump. If he lied, he intended to break his knees, newly released audio of a police interrogation obtained by Fox News Digital shows.
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Dieppe, 42, used a hammer to attack Paul Pelosi, 82, at his San Francisco home last October. Paul Pelosi underwent emergency surgery for a fractured skull after the attack.
“Do you feel like Pelosis did something to you?” a San Francisco Police Department interviewer asked Dieppe after the attack.
“Well, specifically, to the entire American public, honestly,” he replied, later calling Nancy Pelosi and other Democrats “blatant liars.”
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Paul Pelosi video shows hammer attack after police arrive
Listen to the Police Inquiry Department:
Depp later said, “When Trump came into office, what he did went far beyond his spying,” referring to Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee. He said Democrats went from one crime to another until “they were finally able to steal the election.”
When questioned about his motives, Deppe said that he wanted to take Nancy Pelosi hostage and talk to her, and that if she lied, he intended to break her knees.
“Well, I was basically going to talk him into taking him hostage,” Dippe said. “If he told the truth, I would set him free; if he lied, I was going to break his knees.”
“I knew beyond a doubt that she lied,” he said.
Depp later said that he had “other goals” and had left his home to “fight tyranny”.
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San Francisco police arrived at Paul Pelosi’s home shortly before the attack at approximately 2:30 p.m. The encounter lasted just 15 seconds, when Paul Pelosi opened the door for officers after Dieppe attacked him with a hammer. The two responding officers captured the recording on their body cameras.
Fox News Digital obtained Depay’s police interview Friday after California Judge Stephen Murphy ruled that the district attorney’s office must make public material regarding the assault. Content includes police bodycam video, US Capitol Police surveillance video and 911 audio calls.
The San Francisco District Attorney’s office initially denied the release, claiming that making the footage public would lead to misinformation about the attack. Fox News and other media organizations sought to release the footage, arguing that it would be in the public interest and would be able to discredit false narratives about the attack.
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Thomas Burke, a lawyer representing the news agencies in the case, told The Associated Press that, taking the side of the media, Judge Murphy said there was no reason to keep the footage sealed after prosecutors aired it at last month’s hearing.
DePape pleaded not guilty last month to all state charges in the case, which include attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon and elder abuse. He also pleaded not guilty to federal charges of assaulting a federal officer’s immediate family member and attempted abduction of a federal officer for alleged home invasion.
Fox News Digital’s Greg Norman, Chris Pandolfo and Houston Keene contributed reporting.