NBC News correspondent Miguel Almaguer has reportedly been suspended after an internal investigation showed his now-retracted report on the assault against Paul Pelosi was ‘inaccurate’, according to the Daily Beast.
Almaguer reported that Pelosi was not in any immediate danger when authorities arrived to his San Francisco home, just before he was assaulted by David DePape.
“After a ‘knock and announce,’ the front door was opened by Mr. Pelosi. The 82-year-old did not immediately declare an emergency or tried to leave his home but instead began walking several feet back into the foyer toward the assailant and away from police,” Almaguer said during the report on November 4. “It’s unclear if the 82-year-old was already injured or what his mental state was, say sources.”
The report was scrubbed hours later after it contradicted court documents of police that stated Pelosi “nervously but calmly greeted” the officers in a foyer.
“The piece should not have aired because it did not meet NBC News reporting standards,” the broadcasting company wrote in place of the deleted article.
The attack, that left Pelosi with a cracked skull, was subject to intense conspiracy, challenging the assault as a ‘politically motivated cover-up.’
David DepPape, 42, broke into Pelosi’s Pacific Heights home through a rear window with intent to take the House speaker ‘hostage’ and ‘break her kneecaps.’
DePape faces one count of assault on an immediate family member of a United States official with intent to retaliate against the official on account of their performance of official duties and one count of attempted kidnapping of a U.S. official.
He made his first appearance in court Tuesday morning in San Francisco.