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Paul Pelosi attacker faces federal charges for kidnapping and assault

David DePape, the alleged attacker of Paul Pelosi, was charged with attempted kidnapping and assault on the relative of a federal official; the charges are in federal court and are in addition to what the assailant would face in a California court possibly for attempted murder

The man who allegedly attacked Paul Pelosi, the husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, has been charged federally with assault and attempted kidnapping.

Previous reports indicated that David DePape, 42, was carrying tapes with which he apparently intended to handcuff Paul Pelosi, but the accusation against him is for the attempt to attack Nancy Pelosi.

The US Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California said DePape was charged with attempted kidnapping of “a United States official.” If found guilty, the man would face 20 years in prison.

“Where’s Nancy?” the House Speaker’s husband’s attacker allegedly yelled.

In addition to those charges, DePape could face attempted murder charges in a California court.

Another of the federal charges against DePape is assault on an immediate family member of a US official, that is, Paul Pelosi, which could be punished with up to 30 years in prison.

On Saturday, Nancy Pelosi said that while her husband, Paul, continues to improve after Friday’s violent attack on her San Francisco home, her children and grandchildren “are heartbroken and traumatized.”

“Yesterday morning, a violent man broke into our family home, demanded to confront me and brutally attacked my husband Paul,” she wrote.

“Our children, our grandchildren and I are heartbroken and traumatized by the deadly attack on our dad,” she added.

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