Connecticut man accused of threatening to kill Schiff

Connecticut man accused of threatening to kill Schiff
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A Connecticut man has been arrested and charged with threatening to kill Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffFlynn urged Russian diplomat to have 'reciprocal' response to Obama sanctions, new transcripts show The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - George Floyd's death sparks protests, National Guard activation Hillicon Valley: Trump signs order targeting social media legal protections | House requests conference with Senate after FISA vote canceled | Minneapolis systems temporarily brought down by hackers MORE (D-Calif.), chairman of the House Intelligence Committee.

CNN reported Monday that 62-year-old Robert Michael Phelps was charged with making a threat against Schiff's life via Schiff's website, which allows constituents of the California congressman to request a meeting with him.

A criminal complaint alleges that a request submitted by Phelps detailed his desire to "spit in [Schiff's] face," with the man reportedly adding: "I want to kill you with my bare hands and smash your sick little round fat lying face in."

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Phelps admitted to sending the message but did not see it as "threatening" when questioned by investigators, according to an affidavit reviewed by CNN. 

"Upon reviewing the email Phelps stated he was a Republican and needed to protect 'his president,' " reads the criminal complaint.

Schiff's office declined to comment to CNN on the arrest. If convicted, Phelps could face up to 10 years in prison.

The California congressman was a top figure active in the impeachment investigation and subsequently became the target of ire from many Republican fans of President TrumpDonald John TrumpDonald Trump and Joe Biden create different narratives for the election The hollowing out of the CDC Poll: Biden widens lead over Trump to 10 points MORE, including Trump himself, who frequently mocked the Democratic lawmaker on Twitter.