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- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has surveillance cameras at her San Francisco house that are monitored by U.S. Capitol Police.
Claims about the security cameras at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s San Francisco residence have come in hot, fast and false since the Oct. 28 attack on her husband, Paul Pelosi.
A third claim casts doubt on the assault, in which police say an intruder hit Paul Pelosi in the head with a hammer.
"Sooo… the 3rd most powerful person in American politics doesn’t even have surveillance cameras around her house?" reads a screenshot of a tweet from the executive director of the Senate Conservatives Fund, a political action committee launched by former U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C.
An Instagram post sharing the screenshot was flagged as part of Facebook’s efforts to combat false news and misinformation on its News Feed. (Read more about our partnership with Meta, which owns Facebook and Instagram.)
As we’ve previously reported, U.S. Capitol Police have access to the security camera feed from the Pelosis’ home in San Francisco. Politico reported Oct. 31 that police are reviewing what happened Oct. 28, including looking at their command center, "which was monitoring the security camera feed from Pelosi’s home, according to a person familiar," Politico said.
The Washington Post has since published new details about what the Capitol Police knew and when.
In a Nov. 1 story, the Post reveals that officers in the command center "were going through their routines early Friday morning, cycling through live feeds from the department’s 1,800 cameras used to monitor the nearby Capitol complex as well as some points beyond," when an officer noticed a screen showing police lights flashing outside the Pelosis’ home in San Francisco.
"The officer in D.C. quickly pulled up additional angles from around Pelosi’s home and began to backtrack, watching recordings from the minutes before San Francisco police arrived," the Post reported. "There, on camera, was a man with a hammer, breaking a glass panel and entering the speaker’s home."
Capitol Police first installed cameras around the home more than eight years ago, the Post story said. The speaker, a Democrat, also has around-the-clock security detail. But when she left San Francisco for Washington, D.C., last week "much of the security left with her, and the officers in Washington stopped continuously monitoring video feeds outside her house."
Nancy Pelosi wasn’t home when the break-in occurred.
We rate claims that Pelosi doesn’t have surveillance cameras at her house Pants on Fire!
Instagram post, Oct. 31, 2022
Politico, Paul Pelosi assault spurs calls on the Hill for boosted lawmaker security, Oct. 31, 2022
The Washington Post, Capitol Police cameras caught break-in at Pelosi home, but no one was watching, Nov. 1, 2022
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