former aide to Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) was sentenced to four years in prison today after pleading guilty to guilty two counts of making public restricted personal information, and one count each of obstruction of justice, computer fraud, and witness tampering.
Jackson Cosko, 27, “doxxed” several Republican politicians as retaliation for their support of then-Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
According to court documents reviewed by Fox News, Cosko “became angry about the senators’ support for Kavanaugh despite sexual assault allegations leveled against him. Cosko intended to intimidate the senators and their families…”
At the time of his arrest, Cosko was working as an unpaid intern for Democratic Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (TX) after he had been fired from Hassan’s office in May 2018 for not following procedures.
Fox News writes, “After the firing from Hassan’s office, Cosko became angry and repeatedly burglarized the office without being detected, court records said. He copied gigabytes-worth of data, including dozens of user names and passwords belonging to Senate employees and ‘contact information for numerous sitting U.S. senators,’ according to court records.”
It was announced today that a second staffer for Hassan, Samantha Deforest Davis, is also facing federal charges in the “doxxing” scheme.
Court documents accuse Davis of assisting Cosko in his efforts.