The household is “damaged and traumatized” by the brutal assault on the husband.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is pictured with her husband Paul Pelosi on Capitol Hill on January 3, 2019 in Washington, DC.

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In her first public comments since her husband’s attack, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said her family was “heartbroken and traumatized” by the brutal attack – but added that his condition is improving.

Paul Pelosi was brutally attacked with a hammer by an intruder who broke into the couple’s San Francisco home early Friday morning. The Speaker of the House of Representatives was not in San Francisco at the time of the attack.

“Yesterday morning a violent man broke into our family home, demanded to confront me and brutally assaulted my husband Paul,” she said in a letter to colleagues at the home.

“Our children, our grandchildren and I are heartbroken and traumatized by the life-threatening attack on our pop.”

Paul Pelosi, 82, has since undergone successful surgery to repair a fractured skull and serious injuries to his right arm and hands, Pelosi’s spokesman said Friday.

“His condition continues to improve,” the Speaker of the House said in the letter.

Attacker David DePape, 42, is charged with attempted manslaughter, assault with a deadly weapon, elder abuse “and multiple other felonies,” according to San Francisco Police Commissioner William Scott.

A source told CNBC the attacker searched for the Speaker of the House and yelled, “Where’s Nancy, where’s Nancy?” before attacking her husband.

“We are grateful for the prompt response from law enforcement and emergency services and for the life-saving medical care he is receiving,” the House Speaker said on Twitter late Saturday.

— CNBC’s Kevin Breuninger contributed to this report.

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