Pelosi says her family is 'heartbroken and traumatized' by brutal attack on her husband

Pelosi says her family is 'heartbroken and traumatized' by brutal attack on her husband

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is pictured with her husband, Paul Pelosi, on Capitol Hill on January 3, 2019 in Washington, DC.

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In her first public comments since her husband was attacked, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said her family was “heartbroken and traumatized” by the brutal assault — but added that his condition is improving.

Paul Pelosi was violently attacked with a hammer by an intruder who broke into the couple’s home in San Francisco early Friday morning. The House Speaker was not in San Francisco at the time of the attack.

“Yesterday morning, a violent man broke into our family home, demanded to confront me and brutally attacked my husband Paul,” she said in a letter addressed to House colleagues.

“Our children, our grandchildren and I are heartbroken and traumatized by the life-threatening attack on our Pop.”

Paul Pelosi, 82, has since gone through a successful surgery to repair a skull fracture and serious injuries to his right arm and hands, Pelosi’s spokesman said on Friday.

“His condition continues to improve,” the House Speaker said in the letter.

Paul Pelosi's attacker was looking for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi

The 42-year-old-assailant, David DePape, is being charged with attempted homicide, assault with a deadly weapon, elder abuse “and several other additional felonies,” according to San Francisco Police Chief William Scott.

A source told CNBC the attacker was looking for the House Speaker, shouting: “Where is Nancy, where is Nancy?” before he assaulted her husband.

“We are grateful for the quick response of law enforcement and emergency services, and for the life-saving medical care he is receiving,” the House Speaker said on Twitter late Saturday.

— CNBC’s Kevin Breuninger contributed to this report.