Napa County Responds to Baseless Rumor About Paul Pelosi

Last week, the Napa County District Attorney’s Office was forced to respond to a false rumor propagated by Donald Trump Jr. about the legal fate of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband, Paul Pelosi.

Paul Pelosi was arrested last month in Napa County for suspected drunk driving. On June 8, a viral Twitter post claimed the county had dropped all criminal charges after intervention by Governor Gavin Newsom. Trump Jr. bolstered the rumor the same day, tweeting:

"Serious question. Did anyone really believe that Paul Pelosi would face any consequence at all for his DUI crash? Anyone who’s been paying attention knows that the rules don’t apply to Dems they just want you to abide by what they say not what they do. Recurring theme!"

Napa County soon faced backlash from conservative media and internet users who accused county officials of covering up crimes committed by prominent Democrats. But as the rumor-busting website Snopes.com pointed out, there was no documentation to support the rumor, which evidently began with a single tweet from a person’s unverified account. 

On June 9, the Napa County District Attorney’s Office issued a press release to clear up any confusion. 

The Napa County District Attorney’s Office is currently reviewing charges stemming from the DUI arrest of Paul Pelosi on May 29th, 2022, in Napa County, California.  

At the time, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) arrested Mr. Pelosi (DOB 4/15/40) for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol and Driving with a .08% Blood Alcohol Content or Higher.  He was booked into the Napa County Department of Corrections and cite released.  

Mr. Pelosi agreed to a court date of August 3, 2022, at 8:30 am in Napa County Superior Court.  If criminal charges are filed, Mr. Pelosi would be arraigned at that time. The case is currently under review to decide what, if any, charges will be filed against Mr. Pelosi.  This is standard protocol for any DUI case that is referred by a law enforcement agency in Napa County.  

No decision has been made at this time.  Any speculation to the contrary is incorrect.  When a filing decision is made by the Napa County District Attorney, the media and public will be notified.

Trump Jr. has not apologized for the tweet. As of June 24, the tweet had neither been clarified nor deleted.

UPDATE: The Napa County DA has filed a DUI charge against Paul Pelosi. 


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