House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) husband, Paul Pelosi, was arrested and booked into county jail on May 29 for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol after police responded to a minor car accident that he had been involved in, and since then, there has been rumors and reports that, because of his status, no charges would be filed and no pictures or video related to the incident would be publicly released.
On Monday, however, a picture of Paul Pelosi purported to be his mug shot at the time he was booked was released by Napa County officials, the Conservative Brief reported.
The timing of the release was was interesting in light of the fact that the Napa County district attorney had been fighting efforts to compel the public release of a mug shot and body camera footage of the officers involved in Pelosi’s arrest.
Pelosi booking photo released
The photo of Paul Pelosi was posted to social media Monday by Fox News congressional correspondent Chad Pergram, who had obtained that picture from a network colleague that had, in turn, received it from law enforcement in California.
Pergram tweeted, “From colleague Michael Lundin. Police release booking photo of Spkr Pelosi’s husband Paul Pelosi from late May after he was arrested for DUI. Napa County says decision to release or withhold mugshots is up to police. Not DA.”
A) From colleague Michael Lundin. Police release booking photo of Spkr Pelosi’s husband Paul Pelosi from late May after he was arrested for DUI. Napa County says decision to release or withhold mugshots is up to police. Not DA. pic.twitter.com/xK3zr4UqZY
— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) June 13, 2022
The reporter added in a follow-up tweet, “Napa County officials say ‘Mr. Pelosi received the same treatment under that policy that all individuals released from County Jail receive. No state law specifically requires the release of booking photos or mugshots, but policies regarding this topic can vary by jurisdiction.'”
Napa County DA, CHP, refuse to release video footage of arrest, booking
Fox News had reported Friday that the Napa County District Attorney’s Office had, according to the California Highway Patrol, decided not to release any footage from dash cams or body cams from the May 29 incident that involved Pelosi, with the reason given that doing so might somehow “jeopardize” an ongoing investigation.
“The Public Records Unit (PRU) has determined the Department possesses records responsive to your request,” the CHP told Fox News in response to a request filed the week prior under the California Public Records Act.
“However, the Napa County District Attorney’s Office has advised the release of records would jeopardize an ongoing investigation. As such, records are being withheld pursuant to Government Code section 6254 (f),” the CHP added.
Who released the photo?
Given that the county DA, as well as CHP, had both decided not to release any of the requested video — and, presumably, booking photos and mug shots would have been included in the request — it would appear that the local police are most likely the ones who decided to share the Pelosi photo with the media, as Pergram’s tweet suggested.
Fox News noted that Pelosi has not yet been formally charged in relation to the DUI arrest but has agreed to attend an Aug. 3 hearing where, if criminal charges are to eventually be filed, he would be arraigned on the potential charges at that point in time.