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A report by NBC Friday revealed bizarre new details in the Paul Pelosi attack story, including claims Pelosi answered the door for police and did not alert them to an emergency situation, but instead went back inside the home where the assailant was.
“…NBC learning new details about the moment police arrived,” reported NBC correspondent Miguel Almaguer. “Sources familiar with what unfolded in the Pelosi residence now revealing when officers responded to the high-priority call they were seemingly unaware they’d been called to the home of the Speaker of the House.”
Almaguer continued: “After a knock and announce the front door was opened by Mr. Pelosi. The 82-year-old did not immediately declare an emergency or try to leave his home, but instead began walking several feet back into the foyer toward the assailant and away from police. It’s unclear whether the 82-year-old was already injured or what his mental state was, say sources.”
“According to court documents, when the officer asked what was going on, defendant smiled and said, ‘Everything’s good,’ but instantaneously a struggle ensued as police clearly saw David DePape strike Paul Pelosi in the head with a hammer.”
“After tackling the suspect, officers rushed to Mr. Pelosi who was lying in a pool of blood.”
Pelosi returned back to his home Thursday, six days after the attack, after supposedly being critically injured and requiring surgery for a skull fracture.
NBC’s report certainly raises several questions, as noted by HotAir.com:
For instance, why would Pelosi have walked back toward DePape after opening the door to the police? Why not tell them he was in danger? NBC provides a couple of speculative opinions to answer the obvious question this report raises, but without any factual substantiation. They bring in a former FBI analyst to essentially claim that fear makes people do strange things, which may be true but still leaves the conclusion that it was a strange thing to do. The easiest thing to do would have been to walk the other way and tell officers of the danger inside. That would be even more true in the case of an intruder than, say, a domestic-violence situation, where the “fear makes you do strange things” explanation might apply more.
After a version of the video hosted on NBC’s Today Show Twitter account began receiving attention Friday, NBC deleted the tweet containing the video report. The video was also removed from an article on NBC’s website with an editor’s note saying, “The piece should not have aired because it did not meet NBC News reporting standards.”
NBC has now removed this segment from their website and added a note saying it never should have aired because it “did not meet our reporting standards.” pic.twitter.com/anOnNgBXUq— Greg Price (@greg_price11) November 4, 2022
DePape pleaded not guilty to state charges during an arraignment in San Francisco Tuesday.
Surveillance and police body cam footage would certainly help the public understand the situation, however, San Francisco District Attorney Brooke Jenkins only members of the Pelosi family would be allowed to see it for the time being.
“For us, revealing that evidence through the media is just not what we think is appropriate. We want to make sure that this individual is held accountable for these egregious acts. For us, we’re going to make sure that we limit the evidence as much as possible in order to get that done,” Jenkins told CNN Thursday.
Despite details of the strange incident still not being fully released, Joe Biden used the alleged attack as ammo during a speech Wednesday to deride “Extreme MAGA Republicans” as threats to democracy.
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