Thursday 2 November 2023

House Clerk Announces Pelosi Served With Subpoenas In Criminal Case

 Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has been subpoenaed in a criminal case out of California, a U.S. House officer announced on Wednesday.

In the House chamber, Reading Clerk Tylease Alli read a message to the speaker from Pelosi in compliance with the House rules, which dictate how members should deal with judicial subpoenas and orders that are “properly” served.

“This is to notify you formally pursuant to Rule 8 of the Rules of the House of Representatives, that I, the honorable Nancy Pelosi, speaker emerita, and U.S. representative for the 11th Congressional District of California, have been served with third-party subpoenas from the prosecution and the defendant to produce documents in a criminal case in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California,” Alli recited.

“After consultation with the Office of General Counsel, I have determined that compliance with the subpoenas is consistent with the privileges and rights of the House,” the message added. “To the extent it requires production of nonprivileged information, the responses to the subpoenas will be identical.”

A specific case linked to the subpoenas was not given. Punchbowl News co-founder Jake Sherman reported that Pelosi’s office declined to comment on ongoing legal matters.

The announcement comes as the federal case against David DePape, the man charged in the San Francisco home invasion attack on Pelosi’s husband Paul roughly one year ago, is set to go to trial this month. DePape has pleaded not guilty to the federal as well as state charges which could land him decades in prison if he is convicted.

In August, reports said the Pelosis granted lawyers for DePape access to their home for an inspection of the crime scene and sought a court order on the handling of information gleaned from the review.


Nancy Pelosi has represented the San Francisco area since 1987 and served two stints as House speaker, with the most recent one ending at the start of this current session of Congress when Republicans took control of the chamber. She opted not to stay in leadership, but did receive the designation of “speaker emerita.” At the age of 83, Pelosi announced in September that she would run for re-election in 2024.

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