WASHINGTON, Oct 28 (Reuters) – Paul Pelosi, husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, was “violently assaulted” after a break-in at the couple’s California home early on Friday, his office said in a statement.
“The attacker is in custody and the motivation for the attack is being investigated,” the statement said. “Mr Pelosi was taken to hospital, where he is receiving excellent medical care and is expected to make a full recovery.”
The Democratic speaker of the United States House of Representatives, who is second in line to the presidency, was not at home at the time of the morning assault.
A spokesperson for the San Francisco Police Department and a spokesperson for Nancy Pelosi were not immediately available for comment.
The circumstances of the attack were unclear, including how the intruder entered the house.
The assault comes less than two weeks before midterm elections in which control of the House and Senate are at stake.
Paul Pelosi, 82, owner of a San Francisco-based real estate and venture capital firm, was convicted of a misdemeanor driving under the influence of alcohol after being involved in a car accident in may. He was sentenced to five days in jail in Napa County, California.
Reporting by Doina Chiacu; Editing by Susan Heavey and Jonathan Oatis
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