Durham charges man who threatened to 'murder' Adam Schiff


John Durham laid down the law today and helped charge a man with a federal criminal complaint after he was caught threatening to murder Rep. Adam Schiff.

The man's name is Robert M. Phelps and he's 62 and from Torrington.

David Sundberg of the FBI helped with the charges.

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Based on a press release from Justice.gov, Phelps was arrested four days ago, shoed up in front of a judge, and was then released on $25,000 bond.

The release stated:

As alleged in court documents and statements made in court, on November 12, 2019, the office of U.S. Representative Adam Schiff received a threatening communication through a Meeting Request entry form on Congressman Schiff’s official website.  The meeting request included the statement “…I want to kill you with my bare hands and smash your…face in.”  In addition, in response to the preferred days of the week for the meeting request, Phelps wrote “Measure your Coffin day.”


It also stated that Phelps was interviewed by investigators back on December 4th of last year. That very interview is where they confirmed it was Phelps who sent threatening messages to Rep. Adam Schiff.

Phelps is accused of "threatening to assault and murder a U.S. official."

If found guilty, Phelps faces up to 10 years for making the threats to assualt, and an extra five years for making threats beyond the interstate.

Phelps is still innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, as these charges are merely a complaint and allegations until proven guilty.

The FBI is currently investigating while Assistant U.S. Attorney Douglas P. Morabito conducts the prosecution.

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