Former Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi and her husband Paul Pelosi at the White House last June. (File photo)
At times in tears, the 43-year-old recounted during the trial how he became an avid listener of far-right podcasts.
On social networks, he notably shared publications claiming that American elites were corrupt and engaged in pedophilia, or that the 2020 presidential election was stolen from Donald Trump.
< p class="StyledBodyHtmlParagraph-sc-48221190-4 hnvfyV">Paul Pelosi was never my target and I am sorry that he was hurt, assured Mr. DePape. He said he attacked him when he realized his plan was essentially ruined.
By breaking into the Pelosi couple's home in San Francisco with rope, gloves and duct tape, he initially wanted to attack the parliamentarian, who was in Washington that day.
Video of violent attack on Nancy Pelosi's husband made public
He admitted to investigators that he planned to break her kneecaps if she did not confess to the lies of the Democratic camp.
But sequestering Ms. Pelosi was only the first step in a larger plan, the defendant admitted in court.
< p class="StyledBodyHtmlParagraph-sc-48221190-4 hnvfyV">His nebulous project included other targets, including California Governor Gavin Newsom, President Joe Biden's son Hunter Biden, and #x27;actor Tom Hanks.
His defense focused on portraying a man consumed by what he thought was an anti-corruption crusade. A line that led Mr. DePape to plead not guilty.
Without contesting the attack, his lawyers maintained that he was primarily motivated by his conspiratorial beliefs, and that he did not specifically target Ms. Pelosi in her capacity as a federal official – an essential factor according to the x27;accusation to understand both the assault and the kidnapping plan.
Mr. DePape did horrible things […] he committed serious crimes that night, admitted his lawyer Angela Chuang. But he didn't commit those two crimes because of Ms. Pelosi's official position, she insisted.
During Mr. DePape's intrusion, Paul Pelosi managed to alert the police, who intervened at the last minute. The attack was filmed by the officers' intervention camera.