Judge Sentences Anti-Kavanaugh Doxxer
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And it isn't looking pretty for the onetime aide to Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX).
Former computer administrator Jackson Cosko doxxed; i.e., published personally identifying information; about Republican senators during Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation.
Cosko used the private information to blackmail a witness, threaten multiple individuals, and attempt to extort a U.S. senator.
During his trial, federal prosecutors sought to make an example of Cosko for criminally attacking individuals he disagreed with, citing a rise in such incidents.
The Daily Caller's Luke Rosiak has more:
Prosecutors asked for nearly five years in prison for Cosko, a onetime congressional IT aide to Hassan. Cosko admitted he stole the New Hampshire Democrat's data out of revenge for being fired, then used it to doxx Republicans during the Brett Kavanaugh hearings.
"The government believes that a significant sentence would help to make clear that difference of political opinion do not entitle people to engage in politically motivated, criminal attacks threatening elected officials with whom he disagrees, and would thereby encourage respect for the law, and deter future criminal conduct," prosecutors wrote.
New details emerged in their sentencing memo that made the case of Cosko — the Bernie Sanders-supporting son of a millionaire San Francisco developer with ties to California Sen. Dianne Feinstein and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi — even more shocking.
A second Hassan staffer who was friends with Cosko served as his accomplice in exchange for rent money helped him physically break into the office at night and pilfer internal emails even after he was fired, prosecutors' sentencing memo shows.
Cosko's accomplice has since been identified as Samantha DeForest-Davis. Despite being confirmed by Hassan's office, DeForest-Davis has not faced criminal charges.
The senators targeted were Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Mike Lee and Orrin Hatch of Utah as well as Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.