(Headline USA) House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband, Paul, was severely beaten by an assailant who broke into their San Francisco home, and he’s being treated by doctors for injuries, according to people familiar with the matter.
Pelosi, 82, suffered blunt force injuries in the attack, according to two people with knowledge of the investigation who spoke to The Associated Press on Friday on the condition of anonymity to discuss an ongoing probe into the attack.
Pelosi was “violently assaulted” but was expected to make a full recovery, Nancy Pelosi’s spokesman said.
Nancy Pelosi was not in the residence at the time. Hammill said the assailant is in custody and the motivation for the attack is under investigation.
“The Speaker and her family are grateful to the first responders and medical professionals involved, and request privacy at this time,” Hammill said in a statement.
Paul Pelosi has been at the center of controversy several times this year, including a May arrest for driving under the influence after a two-vehicle crash at the couple’s Napa Valley vineyard.
He also was forced to divest at a significant loss in stock from the semiconductor manufacturer Nvidia after it was revealed that he had speculated on it shortly before his wife helped usher in a major incentives package for Nvidia and other microchip manufacturers. It was one of multiple insider-trading scandals that surrounded the couple in 2022 alone.
Nancy Pelosi just returned to Washington this week from a security conference in Europe, one of multiple trips she has taken abroad this year on official business, despite having no defined role in U.S. diplomacy.
She is due to keynote an advocacy event Saturday evening with Vice President Kamala Harris.
While the circumstances of the attack are unclear, it follows a growing trend of lawlessness in blue-run cities like San Francisco, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Chicago, New York and New Orleans.
Despite throwing regular citizens under the bus by funding policies like “defund the police,” members of Congress have received additional dollars for security at their homes, but some have pushed for more protection as people have showed up at their homes and as members have received an increasing amount of threatening communications.
The Pelosis’ home in San Francisco was previously vandalized in January 2021, not by militant conservatives, but rather by leftist radicals who were incensed that Congress had failed to deliver on the $2,000 COVID stimulus checks promised by then-candidate Joe Biden.
Adapted from reporting by the Associated Press