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 FeinsteinTrump administration urges Congress to reauthorize NSA surveillance program The Hill's Morning Report - More talk on guns; many questions on Epstein's death Juan Williams: We need a backlash against Big Tech 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 TrumpSarah Huckabee Sanders becomes Fox News contributor The US-Iranian scuffle over a ship is a sideshow to events in the Gulf South Korea: US, North Korea to resume nuclear talks 'soon' MORE's Supreme Court nominee, Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughMcConnell rejects Democrats' 'radical movement' to abolish filibuster Collins downplays 2020 threat: 'Confident' reelection would go well if she runs The exhaustion of Democrats' anti-Trump delusions 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 ClintonPoll shows Biden, Warren tied with Trump in Arizona The Hill's Morning Report - Trump touts new immigration policy, backtracks on tax cuts Hickenlooper announces Senate bid 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.