Torrington man charged with threatening to kill Schiff

Published on Monday, 16 March 2020 20:41
Written by The Associated Press

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.

Posted in The Bristol Press, on Monday, 16 March 2020 20:41. Updated: Monday, 16 March 2020 20:43.