NBC News Pulls Story By Emmy Award-Winner Miguel Almaguer On Paul Pelosi For ‘Not Meeting Network Standards’


NBC News has pulled a bombshell report that claimed Paul Pelosi did not tell responding police officers that he was in danger just before he was injured in a hammer attack at his San Francisco home last week.

The clip posted by the media outlet early Friday morning cited sources close to the investigation that claimed the husband of US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi did not declare an emergency or say he was in distress when cops showed up at his door in response to his 911 call.

Emmy Award-winning journalist Miguel Almaguer claimed the 82-year-old walked back a few feet away from the officers and into the foyer toward David DePape, 42. The latter had earlier broken into the home armed with a hammer.

As Pelosi reportedly took steps away from the responding officers and in the direction of DePape, they saw him bludgeon Pelosi with the hammer, the report claimed.

The NBC News report also stated that it was not clear what Pelosi’s mental status was when he reportedly stepped back away from police and that responding officers were seemingly unaware that it was the home of Nancy Pelosi, who has a security detail and was in Washington, D.C. at the time of the attack.

The report, which differs from the court documents filed earlier this week, was published Friday morning. By early afternoon, the report had been pulled.

A source stated ‘the decision was made to remove the segment after it was determined, shortly after it aired, that the main source for the information was unreliable regarding the question of the circumstances that the police encountered when they arrived at the house, specifically what the police saw and how far the attacker was from the door.’

Paul Pelosi was released from the hospital on Thursday and returned to the same San Francisco home where he was attacked a week ago.

DePape was carrying zip ties with him when he broke into the home in the Pacific Heights neighborhood of San Francisco, calling out ‘Where’s Nancy’ – the same phrase used by Capitol rioters on January 6.

According to court documents filed earlier this week, Pelosi told DePape that his wife was not there and would not be there for several days, so DePape said he would wait.

Pelosi was then somehow able to get into the bathroom where his phone was charging and was able to call 911.

DePape later told investigators he wanted to hold Nancy Pelosi captive and talk to her. He said that if the speaker told ‘the truth,’ he would let her go and if she ‘lied’, he would ‘break her kneecaps.’

‘She would then have to be wheeled into Congress, showing other Members of Congress there were consequences to actions,’ he explained.

DePape also later said that he broke into the house through a glass door using the hammer.

Paul Pelosi, who was the only one home when DePape broke in, called the police, who arrived two minutes later to find them struggling over a hammer, according to a Department of Justice press release.

When Officers Kolby Wilmes and Kyle Cagney responded to the residence and rang the doorbell, DePape reportedly told Pelosi not to open the door. Still, Pelosi did it anyway, using his left hand.

Pelosi and DePape stood in the dimly lit foyer and faced the officers as Pelosi calmly greeted them, according to the police report.

When one of the officers asked the men what was going on, DePape said, ‘everything’s good’ and pulled his hands toward his body. When an officer turned on his flashlight, DePape could be seen holding the bottom handle of the hammer with one hand and Pelosi’s right arm with the other. Pelosi’s right hand was also on the handle of the hammer.

When an officer ordered for the men to ‘drop the hammer,’ DePape raised the hammer and said, ‘um, nope’ as he tried to pull it away from Pelosi, who exclaimed ‘hey, hey!’

DePape then gained control of it and struck Pelosi’s head, which knocked Pelosi unconscious, according to San Francisco FBI special agent Stephanie Minor wrote in a request for a federal criminal complaint and arrest warrant.

DePape was formally charged with attempted murder in court in San Francisco on Tuesday afternoon. He pleaded not guilty to charges against him, including assault, attempted murder, and attempted kidnapping.

Immigration officials confirmed Thursday morning that the suspect – Canadian native DePape, who is in custody, entered the U.S. illegally by crossing at the Mexican border in 2008.

The US Capitol Police indicated on Thursday they are investigating security procedures for the raft of lawmakers who receive some form of protection. The Speaker herself has a 24-hour security detail who travels with her.

The attack left Paul Pelosi with a fractured skull and injuries to his arms and hands, for which he underwent surgery, according to the speaker’s office. He returned home on Thursday, where he will continue treatment.

The real estate and venture capital executive ‘remains under doctors’ care as he continues to progress on a long recovery process and convalescence’ back at home, the speaker said in a statement issued by her office.

‘The Pelosi family is thankful for the beautiful outpouring of love, support and prayers from around the world,’ Pelosi’s office said in a statement.

‘Paul is grateful to the 911 operator, emergency responders, trauma care team, ICU staff, and the entire ZSFGH medical staff for their excellent and compassionate life-saving treatment he received after the violent assault in our home,’ said the statement.

‘Paul remains under doctors’ care as he continues progressing on a long recovery process and convalescence. He is now home surrounded by his family, who requests privacy.’

Just days before the November elections, the incident has renewed calls in Congress to beef up security in light of growing threats against lawmakers.

Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat who is second in the line of succession to the presidency, was in Washington at the time.

U.S. Capitol Police Chief J. Thomas Manger said in a weekend memo to lawmakers that the attack ‘is a somber reminder of the threats elected officials and families face in 2022.’

In a speech Wednesday, US President Joe Biden linked the attack to the political violence unleashed by ex-president Donald Trump’s supporters against Congress on January 6, 2021.

Republicans, he said, have ’emboldened violence and intimidation of voters and election officials.’

‘That is the path to chaos in America,’ he said.