Ex-Democratic staffer pleads guilty to five federal offenses after 'doxxing' Republican senators during Kavanaugh hearings

A former Democratic staffer on Friday pleaded guilty to five federal charges, including computer fraud and witness tampering, after posting the personal information of five Republican senators online, Fox News reports.


Jackson A. Cosko was a former unpaid intern for Rep. Sheila Jackson (D-TX); previously, he had worked as a computer systems administrator in Sen. Maggie Hassan’s (D-NH) office until May 2018, when he was fired "for failing to follow office procedures," according to Fox News. Court records show after the firing he “became angry and repeatedly burglarized the office without being detected."

In October, police began investigating after Cosko posted the home addresses and phone numbers of Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT), then-Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY).

According to Fox News, Cosko sent the information after he grew “angry about the senators' support for Kavanaugh despite sexual assault allegations that President Trump's nominee was facing during the hearings.”

Cosko was arrested on Oct. 4, 2018. Two days later, senators voted 50-48 to confirm Kanvanaugh to the Supreme Court.

#story_page_ below_article

Understand the importance of honest news ?

So do we.

The past year has been the most arduous of our lives. The Covid-19 pandemic continues to be catastrophic not only to our health - mental and physical - but also to the stability of millions of people. For all of us independent news organizations, it’s no exception.

We’ve covered everything thrown at us this past year and will continue to do so with your support. We’ve always understood the importance of calling out corruption, regardless of political affiliation.

We need your support in this difficult time. Every reader contribution, no matter the amount, makes a difference in allowing our newsroom to bring you the stories that matter, at a time when being informed is more important than ever. Invest with us.

Make a one-time contribution to Alternet All Access, or click here to become a subscriber. Thank you.

Click to donate by check.

DonateDonate by credit card
Donate by Paypal

Don't Sit on the Sidelines of History. Join Alternet All Access and Go Ad-Free. Support Honest Journalism.