Police found Paul Pelosi, suspect struggling over hammer. What we know about the attack
Rep. Maxine Waters Maxine Moore WatersPelosi: House will stay in session until agreement is reached on coronavirus relief Omar invokes father’s death from coronavirus in reaction to Woodward book Business groups increasingly worried about death of filibuster MORE (D-Calif.), the incoming chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, on Tuesday called the alleged assault on Nancy Pelosi “unacceptable” and said it was “an act of violence committed by a coward.”
A spokesman for Pelosi, her chief of staff, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Nancy PelosiPelosi: Trump hurrying to fill SCOTUS seat so he can repeal ObamaCare House lawmakers reach deal to avert shutdown Centrist Democrats’strongly considering’ discharge petition on GOP PPP bill MORE (D-Calif.) had no comment on the accusation.
“These incidents serve as another reminder that we must stand united against the current president’s divisive politics,” Waters said in a statement. “This kind of behavior is unacceptable.”
The attack occurred around 10:30 a.m. on Saturday morning in the House chamber where Pelosi serves as the ranking minority member.
Pelosi, 79, is in the chamber for a vote with her daughter, Christine Pelosi, who serves as her chief of staff.
The lawmakers were standing in the second row, about 10 feet from the front of the chamber. A female member of the congressional staff of the president allegedly tried to prevent her from leaving, according to two people familiar with the incident.
The staff member, who had been standing at an earlier vote, was told by colleagues to get away from the person, one of the people familiar with the incident told The Hill. The person said the woman, who was not identified, was wearing a white t-shirt with Pelosi’s face logo and a large blue pin with the words “For The People.”
As Pelosi left the chamber to take a vote with her daughter, a security guard appeared and told the staff member to leave the chamber. A second staff member tried to follow, saying the staff member couldn’t follow Pelosi with a purse, according to the people familiar with the incident.
Two people familiar with the incident said the staffer left, and was not seen again. Video footage of the scene showed the staffer standing at the