U.S. Capitol Police announced Wednesday it has arrested a Democratic operative the agency believes was behind the “doxing” of several Republican senators.
Authorities charged 27-year-old Jackson A. Cosko with publicizing restricted personal information, witness tampering, threats in interstate communication, unauthorized access of government computers, identity theft, unlawful entry and second-degree burglary, Politico reported.
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Cosko was reportedly caught Tuesday night inside the office of Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) by one of the lawmaker’s staffers, who then called Capitol Police.
Previously, the suspect was working as an intern for Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas). He has since been fired, according to Jackson Lee’s chief of staff, Glenn Rushing, who said the Democrat’s office is “cooperating with law enforcement right now.”
According to a press release from Capitol Police, Cosko “posted private, identifying information (doxing) about one or more United States senators to the internet.”
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Cosko graduated from the George Washington University in 2014 and previously held jobs with Hassan and former Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), who retired from public office in 2017.
Capitol Police said its investigation “will continue and additional charges may be forthcoming.”
The tampering comes as lawmakers toil over whether to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh, whom President Donald Trump appointed in July to fill the Supreme Court seat vacated by former Justice Anthony Kennedy.
Late last week, Kavanaugh testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee about allegations of sexual assault leveled against him by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, who claimed the jurist attempted to molest her some 36 years ago, when they were both teenagers.
Kavanaugh, for his part, has denied the charges.