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A television reporter reportedly has been suspended after breaking a story — which was retracted hours later — about the Oct. 28 hammer attack on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband, Paul.
NBC News suspended Miguel Almaguer pending an internal investigation, The Daily Beast reported Monday.
Almaguer’s report aired Nov. 4 on NBC’s “Today” show.
In it, the reporter quoted unnamed sources as saying police were told it was a “high-priority call,” but they were not fully aware that Pelosi was in danger when they showed up in response to his 911 call around 2:30 a.m.
“After a ‘knock and announce,’ the front door was opened by Mr. Pelosi,” Almaguer reported. “The 82-year-old did not immediately declare an emergency or try to leave his home but instead began walking several feet back into the foyer toward the assailant and away from police. It’s unclear if the 82-year-old was already injured or what his mental state was, say sources.”
It wasn’t until after he had opened the door to police that Pelosi struggled with his alleged assailant, identified as David DePape, and was hit in the head with a hammer, the report said.
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