The FBI is investigating a death threat against Basim Elkarra, director of the local chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, that he says stems from a legal spat between his organization and popular conservative radio host Michael Savage.
Elkarra said he met with the FBI in the past two weeks to discuss the threat on his life. Because the investigation is ongoing, Elkarra said he was instructed by the FBI not to publicly discuss into details.
FBI spokeswoman Karen Ernst confirmed the FBI received information “regarding an alleged threat” and that the Sacramento field office was investigating.
On Monday, Savage sued the Washington, D.C.-based CAIR for copyright infringement for allegedly using a clip of his show in which he called the Quran “a book of hate” to dissuade advertisers from advertising on his show, according to the Associated Press.
Elkarra said the threat was related to the conflict with Savage and that his office has received many profane calls from Savage supporters.