Pelosi says attack on her husband will affect decision whether to retire

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[1/2] U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) holds a property league astatine the U.S. Capitol successful Washington, U.S., September 22, 2022. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Nov 7 (Reuters) - U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said connected Monday the caller onslaught connected her hubby by a hammer-wielding intruder successful their location was particularly achy to her knowing she was "the target" and would origin into her determination astir erstwhile to discontinue from Congress.

Appearing connected CNN successful her archetypal televised interrogation since Paul Pelosi suffered skull fractures and different injuries successful the Oct. 28 assault, the talker said it stemmed from the aforesaid strain of "misrepresentation" that led a mob to tempest the U.S. Capital connected Jan. 6, 2021.

Choking backmost tears, Nancy Pelosi recounted the bewildering infinitesimal erstwhile she was awakened by U.S. Capitol Police astatine her Washington flat connected the greeting her 82-year-old hubby was attacked to beryllium informed of the convulsive break-in astatine their San Francisco home.

"For me, the truly hard part" was knowing that she was the intruder's intended victim, the speaker, besides 82, said successful the interview. "Because Paul was not the target, and helium is the 1 who is paying the price."

Asked by CNN anchor Anderson Cooper whether she had made up her caput astir whether to discontinue from Congress, and her station arsenic talker of the U.S. House of Representatives, if the Democrats suffer their bladed House bulk successful Tuesday's midterm elections, Pelosi demurred.

However, she told him, "I person to say, my determination volition beryllium affected by what happened the past week oregon two." Pressed by Cooper if she was referring to the onslaught connected her husband, the talker replied, "Yes."

"And it volition beryllium impacted by - but - fto maine accidental this," she added without finishing her thought, and saying that she felt "blessed" by her 35 years of nationalist work successful the House.

Court affidavits filed by prosecutors with charges against the suspect, David Wayne DePape, 42, accidental helium told constabulary aft his apprehension that helium had planned to kidnap the speaker, interrogate her and interruption her kneecaps if she "lied."

DePape is accused of forcing his mode into the couple's location and creeping upstairs to a chamber wherever helium awakened Paul Pelosi from his slumber demanding to spot the speaker, who had flown backmost to Washington the nighttime before.

Paul Pelosi managed to spot an emergency-911 call, and constabulary arrived conscionable successful clip to witnesser the intruder nine the existent property and task capitalist implicit the caput with a hammer, according to tribunal documents.

DePape has been charged successful national tribunal with attempted kidnapping and assault. In California authorities court, helium pleaded not blameworthy to abstracted charges of attempted murder, battle with a deadly weapon, burglary, elder abuse, mendacious imprisonment and threatening a nationalist official.

Reporting by Steve Gorman successful Los Angeles; Editing by Stephen Coates

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