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A second assistant, New Hampshire Democrat Sen. Maggie Hassan is facing Federal charges in a scheme to publish the personal information of several Republican politicians in the midst of the controversial hearings for now-justice Brett Kavanaugh.
The aide-de-camp, Samantha Davis, de Forest, was a Personal assistant in Hassan’s office by August 2017, up to last December. She was released after Capitol police prior to their possible involvement in the so-called “doxing” effort.
Court documents accuse Davis of aid 27-year-old Jackson A. Cosko, a former Hassan aide who has pleaded guilty to five Federal crimes, including two cases of the publicly available restricted personal information, and a number of each of computer fraud, witness tampering and obstruction of justice.
Also on Wednesday, Cosko prison was sentenced to four years in the scheme, and was required to turn over the cell phones, computers, and other equipment that he used.
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Among the officials Cosko five Republican senators, including Senate majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky have been targeted. Cosko posted the home addresses and telephone numbers of GOP Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Mike Lee of Utah and Rand Paul of Kentucky — as well as then-Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah on Wikipedia.
Davis is reportedly not expected, amounted to a plea of guilty to two misdemeanor charges, including evidence tampering and aiding and abetting computer.
Cosko, prosecutors said that the angry was about the senators ” support for Kavanaugh, despite sexual assault accusations leveled against him. Cosko should files be intimidated, the senators and their families, according to the court.
In the time of his arrest, Cosko worked as unpaid interns for the rep, Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, the fired him soon. Previously, he was employed as a computer system administrator in Hassan’s office — a job that to him “intimate knowledge of, and broad access to” the computer systems in Hasan’s office, according to court documents. But he office, had been fired from Hassan ‘ s in may of 2018 for non-compliance with office procedures.
According to the release from Hassan’s office, Cosko angry and repeated office was broken into, without being discovered, court records said. He copied gigabytes-worth of data, including dozens of user names and passwords belonging to Senate employees, and “contact information for a number of sitting U.S. senators,” according to court documents.
Cosko, was arrested Oct. 3, 2018, a day after an employee discovered him at work on a computer in Hassan’s office, where Cosko was not to be entitled. Records show Cosko sent a threatening E-Mail to the assistant of the evening, he was confronted with.
“I own EVERYTHING,” Cosko wrote, adding, “If you tell anyone, I’ll leak it all.”
Cosko previously held positions with other prominent Democrats, including former sen. Barbara Boxer from California and the office of sen Dianne Feinstein, also of California, and the ranking member of the Senate’s Committee on legal Affairs.
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Gillian Turner reports.
Left-wing activists separately targeted a number of other top Republicans in the midst of the Kavanagh fight. In the Wake of his vote to confirm Kavanaugh, for example, the Republican sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., Fox News last October, revealed that his wife had received a picture text message with a video display a beheading, and that someone had published the names and addresses of his family members.
At the time of his campaign Tuesday night, President Trump start emphasized its successes in the appointment of Federal judges, and lamented that Democrats ” treatment of Kavanuagh, told the crowd, “they’re just trying to win, to destroy you tried him with false and malicious allegations” in the name of “political dominance and control.”
Trump called Kavanaugh a “great Lord”, the “highly respects” in the judiciary, and said that Democrats are also against his family. Kavanuagh, in an interview with Fox News last year, said his wife had received numerous death threats.
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“Imagine what would make these angry left mob, if you were responsible for this country,” Trump said.
Fox News’ Stephen Sorace and The Associated Press contributed to this report.