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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 SchiffCyber concerns dominate Biden-Putin summit Senate on collision course over Trump DOJ subpoenas Lawmakers urge Biden to be tough on cybersecurity during summit with Putin 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 TrumpChinese apps could face subpoenas, bans under Biden executive order: report Kim says North Korea needs to be 'prepared' for 'confrontation' with US Ex-Colorado GOP chair accused of stealing more than 0K from pro-Trump PAC MORE, including Trump himself, who frequently mocked the Democratic lawmaker on Twitter.