Man to Plead Guilty to Sending Threatening Letters to Trump Jr., Stabenow

Court appearance for Daniel Frisiello scheduled for late morning in Boston

Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., was among the targets of threatening letters. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A Massachusetts man is expected to plead guilty Wednesday morning in connection to sending threatening letters, some including white powder, to Donald Trump Jr., Sen. Debbie Stabenow and a congressional candidate.

Daniel Frisiello planned to admit to sending six letters with white powder, and plead guilty to a total of 19 related charges, the Salem News reported last month.

“Frisiello also sent a white-powder letter to members of the First Family during the 2016 presidential campaign, which caused a significant hazardous material response by law enforcement,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Massachusetts said in announcing the expected plea deal last month.

“Additional evidence then demonstrated that Frisiello had sent multiple other threatening letters to other victims, including two letters in 2015 to the manager of a Massachusetts company that had recently terminated one of Frisiello’s family members, and five letters in 2016 and 2017 to members of law enforcement in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island.”

In addition to letters to members of the Trump family, law enforcement said that Frisiello’s targets also included Stabenow, a Michigan Democrat, and Antonio Sabato Jr., a soap opera actor who ran as a Republican for a congressional seat in California.

The U.S. Attorney’s office in Boston announced that Frisiello was set to appear in federal court in Massachusetts Wednesday morning.

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