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Paul Pelosi released from hospital six days after hammer attack

David DePape, 42, is facing state and federal criminal charges after attacking Paul Pelosi, husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), on Oct. 28. (Video: The Washington Post)
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband Paul Pelosi, who was attacked in his home last week by an intruder with a hammer, was released from a San Francisco-area hospital Thursday, according to a statement from the speaker’s office.

Pelosi, 82, had been hospitalized since being attacked in the early morning of Oct. 28. He underwent surgery last week to repair a skull fracture and “serious injuries to his right arm and hands,” and is expected to make a full recovery, according to the speaker’s office.

The statement Thursday said Paul Pelosi is at home and “remains under doctors’ care as he continues to progress on a long recovery process.”

“The Pelosi family is thankful for the beautiful outpouring of love, support and prayers from around the world,” the statement said.

What we know about the Paul Pelosi attack and suspect David DePape

The family also thanked the first responders and staff members at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital.

David Wayne DePape, 42, faces several state and federal charges related to the attack on Paul Pelosi, including attempted murder, attempted kidnapping and assault with a deadly weapon. DePape told police he was on a “suicide mission” and had a target list of state and federal politicians as part of his effort to combat “lies” coming out of Washington, prosecutors said in court documents.

There is another hearing in DePape’s state case scheduled for Friday, but he waived his right to an appearance, according to his public defender, and he is not expected in the courtroom.

San Francisco District Attorney Brooke Jenkins said DePape was searching for the House speaker when he entered the home in the tony Pacific Heights neighborhood of San Francisco. His shouting “Where is Nancy?” echoed the chants from rioters looking for the speaker during the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol.

The incident sparked informal conversations between lawmakers about the proper levels of security for themselves and their loved ones. Pelosi is second in line to the presidency.

The Capitol Police installed cameras around Pelosi’s home more than eight years ago, reported The Washington Post, but the officers tasked with monitoring the 1,800 cameras surveying the Capitol and beyond only noticed the Pelosi house when they saw the police responding.

Much of her security detail left her house after Pelosi departed San Francisco last week and returned to Washington, according to The Post.

DePape entered the home by breaking a glass door with a hammer, according to investigators.

Pelosi called 911 by asking to use the bathroom, which is where his phone was charging, police said.

When officers arrived, they saw the men wrestling for the hammer. They told both men to drop the hammer before DePape “immediately pulled the hammer away” and “violently attacked” Pelosi with it, San Francisco Police Chief William Scott said.

A court filing details what DePape told San Francisco police investigators, who recorded their interview with DePape. Investigators say he told them that Pelosi was “the ‘leader of the pack’ of lies told by the Democratic Party,” and that he planned to hold her hostage and break her kneecaps if she lied to him, which would “show other Members of Congress there were consequences to actions.”

CNN first reported Paul Pelosi’s release from the hospital.