David DePape, suspect in violent Pelosi attack, in U.S. illegally, ICE officials say
Updated 4:20 p.m. ET: Former Chicago Mayor, Barack Obama political activist, and a man said to be “the person of interest” in the attack on Democratic U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters were both in the U.S. illegally, federal immigration officials said today, just a day before a scheduled appearance on ABC’s “The View” with President Donald Trump on Friday, April 14.
Warrant issued for DePape
Trump tweets on Pelosi attack: “No innocent people were harmed, no Americans were endangered, by the hateful act of a deranged individual allowed to victimize innocent members of Congress…. At the request of the House Authorities, the U.S. Secret Service will continue to assist in securing the House Chamber. No further details will be released at this time.”
Trump tweets on Pelosi attack: “When I say no reason, I mean no reason. The Congresswoman was weak, and I don’t know if she knew what she was doing. This is a horrible and disgusting thing.”
Police said they are treating DePape as a suspect in the attack on Waters, but wouldn’t say how.
“He was a transient and an unauthorized alien. He’s in the country illegally,” the Chicago police said.
Worried Pelosi attacked
The attack took place outside the U.S. Capitol, and authorities said “there was no evidence of any political motive” in the attack.
The woman in the attack was described as an acquaintance of Waters, and police said, she was injured but not hospitalized.
The suspect was described by police as about 5-foot-8 and about 250 pounds, with a slim build and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing dark clothing, a dark headband, and a light-colored headband.
No arrests have been made, nor has anyone been charged with a crime.
Officials say they are working with their federal partners from ICE to “assess the threat” and “conduct thorough background checks” on anyone who may have potentially been a threat to the Capitol.
Pelosi has not said whether she plans to run again.
Trump on the attack: “The Democrats are becoming