Leader Pelosi Visits Rep. Giffords Congressional Office, Wipes Away a Tear

By John R Parkinson

Jan 11, 2011 3:58pm

ABC News’ John R. Parkinson reports:

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi dropped by the congressional office of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords this afternoon to meet privately with the Arizona Democrat's staff to comfort them in the wake of Saturday's massacre in Tucson.

Pelosi arrived at the office on the ground level of the Longworth House Office Building just after 2:00 P.M. and stayed for about 19 minutes before departing.

The former Speaker of the House appeared to wipe tears from her face as she departed the office but she did not address questions regarding her visit as she walked away.

A top aide to Pelosi says “she was there to pay her respects and visit with the staff,” but would not reveal any details of the private moment.

In addition to the attempted murder of Gabrielle Giffords, suspected gunman Jared Loughner is charged with killing Giffords’ director of community outreach Gabe Zimmerman, and wounding two members of her congressional staff – Ron Barber and Pamela Simon.

Pelosi is expected to sign a Condolence and Well Wishes book early Wednesday afternoon prior to a bipartisan congressional prayer service scheduled for 1:00 P.M.

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