Man charged with sending Feinstein email threatening her life

Man charged with sending Feinstein email threatening her life
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A 47-year-old California man was formally charged Thursday with sending a death threat to Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinFeinstein says she thinks Biden will run after meeting with him Trump judicial nominee Neomi Rao seeks to clarify past remarks on date rape Bottom Line MORE (D-Calif.) by email.

The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office told a local CBS News affiliate that Craig Steven Shaver emailed Feinstein, whose email address is public, on Sept. 30 in a message that reportedly contained a threat against the senator's life. The specific content of the message was not released by police.

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His bail was set at $50,000, and if convicted Shaver could face more than three years in state prison. Shaver was also accused of illegally owning a firearm despite a 1991 conviction on grand theft.

The senator has been at the center of headlines for weeks over her work on the Senate Judiciary Committee during the confirmation of President TrumpDonald John TrumpMcCabe says he was fired because he 'opened a case against' Trump McCabe: Trump said 'I don't care, I believe Putin' when confronted with US intel on North Korea McCabe: Trump talked to me about his election victory during 'bizarre' job interview MORE's Supreme Court nominee, Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughVirginia can be better than this Constitutional conservatives need to oppose the national emergency Kavanaugh shows his stripes on Supreme Court's 'shadow docket' MORE.

Feinstein was criticized heavily by Republicans during the confirmation battle for her decision to sit on a letter from a woman accusing Kavanaugh of sexual assault for weeks until Ford came forward after the confirmation hearings ended.

At a campaign rally in Iowa on Tuesday night, President Trump's supporters took aim at the senior California Democrat with chants of "lock her up," previously used by the president and his supporters against his 2016 opponent, Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonFemale Dems see double standard in Klobuchar accusations Klobuchar, O'Rourke visit Wisconsin as 2020 race heats up McCabe's shocking claims prove the bloodless coup rolls on MORE.

"I think they’re talking about Feinstein," Trump said. "Can you believe it?"

Feinstein's office did not immediately respond for a request for comment Thursday night from The Hill on the charges.