ICE says San Fran sheriff denied request to speak to illegal immigrant accused of attacking Pelosi

Sheriff originally claimed unidentified individual had posed as ICE agent; ICE says full identification was proffered

Updated: November 19, 2022 - 8:10pm

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Federal officials are challenging a California sheriff office statement that the person who attempted to gain access to the illegal immigrant who allegedly attacked Paul Pelosi last month was denied access because he was pretend federal agent. 

The San Francisco Sheriff’s Department recently told local news media that on Oct. 31  an unidentified individual "pretended to be a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent" tried to gain access to alleged attacker David DePape.

However, an ICE official this week told Fox News that the agency had indeed sent an agent to speak to DePape and that the agent in question presented full identification while there. 

"The officer identified herself and presented her government issued credentials bearing her photo, name, position and organization," the official told the news network. San Francisco County Jail "denied the DO’s request to interview DePape."

The sheriff’s office following that statement reiterated to Fox its earlier claim that an unidentified individual arrived at the prison without proper ICE credentials. 

Immigration officials often interview illegal immigrants accused of crimes as part of standard procedure, an official told Fox. 

The 42-yea-old DePape is reportedly from Canada and was in the U.S. illegally. He faces several charges for allegedly attacking the 82-year-old Pelosi, the husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, with a hammer in the couple's San Francisco home on Oct. 28, fracturing his skull.