Ex- Hassan Staffer Charged With Posting Private Info of Pro-Kavanaugh Senators

Oct 4, 2018

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A former staffer for Democratic Sen. Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire has been charged with posting private, identifying information about one or more senators on the Internet amid the impassioned fight over whether to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

Capitol police said late Wednesday 27-year-old Jackson Cosko of Washington has been charged with making public restricted personal information, unauthorized access of a government computer and other crimes. Politico reports that Cosko was found inside a Hassan office, and a Hassan staff member called the police. 

He is accused of "doxing," providing personal information on phone numbers and addresses online, for Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., Mike Lee, R-Utah, and Orrin Hatch, R-Utah.

The stepped-up police presence comes as senators — especially Republicans — have expressed unease over protesters who have confronted them.

According to Legistorm, a website that tracks lawmakers and Capitol Hill staffers, Cosko worked for Hassan from January 2017 to May 2018 as a legislative correspondent/systems administrator.

A spokesman for Hassan declined to comment Wednesday night.