BRIDGEPORT (AP) - A Connecticut man has been charged with threatening California Rep. Adam Schiff in a posting on the congressman’s website, federal authorities announced Monday.
Robert Phelps, 62, of Torrington, was arrested Friday on a charges of threatening to assault and murder a U.S. official and making interstate threats. He posted $25,000 bail, officials said.
Phelps’ public defender declined to comment Monday. An email seeking comment was sent to Phelps.
Federal prosecutors and FBI agents say Phelps sent a message in November to Schiff, a Democrat, through a meeting request form on the congressman’s website. Schiff, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, helped lead the impeachment of President Donald Trump in the U.S. House.