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 FeinsteinPoll: Feinstein holds 18-point lead over challenger Durbin to Trump: ‘We’re the mob? Give me a break’ Sen. Walter Huddleston was a reminder that immigration used to be a bipartisan issue 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.


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 TrumpTrump to fundraise for 3 Republicans running for open seats: report Trump to nominate former Monsanto exec to top Interior position White House aides hadn’t heard of Trump's new tax cut: report MORE's Supreme Court nominee, Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughAmy Schumer announces pregnancy alongside midterm endorsements Dems lower expectations for 'blue wave' Overnight Health Care — Presented by Purdue Pharma — Trump officials ease restrictions on ObamaCare waivers | Dems say changes weaken pre-existing condition protections | Spending on health lobbying rises 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 ClintonHillicon Valley: Bolton tells Russians 2016 meddling had little effect | Facebook eyes major cyber firm | Saudi site gets hacked | Softbank in spotlight over Saudi money | YouTube fights EU 'meme ban' proposal Dems lower expectations for 'blue wave' Election Countdown: Takeaways from heated Florida governor's debate | DNC chief pushes back on 'blue wave' talk | Manchin faces progressive backlash | Trump heads to Houston rally | Obama in Las Vegas | Signs of huge midterm turnout 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.