On Saturday, following his vote to confirm Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, Sen. Cory Gardner’s (R-CO) wife received a graphic text message that included a video of the SCOTUS nominee being beheaded.
The GOP senator told Fox News Sunday that his wife had received the deeply disturbing text hours after the Senate confirmed Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court in a 50-48 vote. Garner also noted that someone had posted the names of his family members, along with their addresses, online.
Gardner isn’t the first Republican to be hit by a tactic called “doxing.” Last week, former Democratic operative Jackson Cosko was arrested after he allegedly posted the private information of various Republican lawmakers online.
Senators Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC), three Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee were among those targeted.
Last month, Capitol Police launched an investigation into the case involving the editing of Wikipedia pages of senators to include personal data, like their addresses.
As a result, Cosko, an ex-intern for Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) was charged with doxing. He now faces nearly 50 years in federal prison.
In September, a letter was sent to Sen. Gardner, alleging that in 1998 Judge Kavanaugh “shoved” someone “very aggressively and sexually” up against a wall. This was later proven to be untrue.
“Every victim of abuse, assault, and violence has been through an unspeakable tragedy and we need to do a better job listening to them, ensuring support is available, and fighting to end abuse of any kind,” Gardner said before his wife had received the threatening text message. “I hope that the partisan divide we all feel today does not hinder the people that have bravely come forward.”
(H/T: Fox News)