The former Democrat staffer/intern arrested this week for sharing the personal information of several senators to the Internet reportedly faces half a century behind bars if convicted.
Jackson Cosko, 27, faces 50 years total for a slew of federal offenses, including sharing personal information publicly, issuing threats in interstate communication, accessing a federal computer without authorization, identity theft and witness tampering.
NEW: Capitol Police have arrested a suspect who they beleived doxed GOP Senators During the Kavanaugh/Dr Ford hearing last Thursday: pic.twitter.com/XOrociUoex
— Frank Thorp V (@frankthorp) October 3, 2018
Some of these offenses stem from actions he took during Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s testimony to Congress on Sept. 27. That afternoon he used a House computer to illegally share the cell phone numbers and home addresses of Sens. Lindsey Graham, Mike Lee and Orrin Hatch to Wikipedia.
Authorities later traced the post to the House’s wired network and then to Cosko’s account using the IP address logged by Wikipedia. They arrested him this past Wednesday.
Prior to his arrest, he’d worked as an unpaid fellow with Rep. Sheila Jackson’s office. Her office reportedly terminated the fellowship promptly after his arrest. Reports revealed that he also used to work for former Sen. Barbara Boxer and current Sens. Maggie Hassan and Dianne Feinstein.
LinkedIn entry for Jackson Cosko in D.C. – identified as “Democratic Political Professional & Cybersecurity Graduate Student.”
Legislative Correspondent/Systems Administrator assisted senior staff with issues before Commerce Cmte; Systems Administrator; Leg. Research Asst. pic.twitter.com/iiIdim6ek8
— Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) October 3, 2018
Cosko’s other offenses stemmed from him threatening one of Sen. Hassan staff members. When the staff member reportedly caught him at the senator’s office illegally using one of her computers, the staff member confronted him, forcing him to leave.
Later that day he sent a threatening email to the staff member that read as follows: “If you tell anyone I will leak it all. Emails signal conversations gmails. Senators children’s health information and socials.”
In a statement to Fox News issued Friday, his attorney, Brian Stolarz, denied these allegations, saying, “Jackson Cosko is innocent until proven guilty, and we intend to challenge the charges.”
Social media users were struck by the irony of Stolarz’ statement. While the authorities have not named an official motivation for Cosko’s behavior, many suspect he took action against Graham, Lee and Hatch over their outspoken defense of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
This is ironic because the left have condemned Kavanaugh for the alleged sexual assault of three women, despite there being no evidence to corroborate their claims.
According to liberals, Americans should simply #BelieveAllWomen. Conservatives disagree with this philosophy because they argue evidence should be believed, not mere accusations. In other words, anyone accused of a crime should remain innocent unless proven guilty.
And yet …
Suspected senate doxxer’s attorney says:👇🏼
“Jackson Cosko is innocent until proven guilty, and we intend to challenge the charges.”
I guess this only applies to Democrats. https://t.co/UHhDUgxN2i
— Randall (@4RANDALL1) October 5, 2018
Sorry, new rules. Guilty! Prove otherwise. We’ll wait, but first we’re going to drum up more accusations and victims, comb his calendars and yearbooks, scream in the streets, and say awful things about his loved ones because this is how a progressive society does things. 🙄
— Sophist (@SophistsAwake) October 6, 2018
Oh yeah Gee didn’t the Demorats just do the opposite to Judge Kavanaugh!!!?? Oh that’s right THEY are PRIVLEDGED
— sherry moser (@sherrymoser6) October 6, 2018
so now the two’faced demon’orats want to innocent till proven guilty…They need to get this jail bird to sing a song about the greedy people he worked for.
— mot pom (@motpom) October 5, 2018
No no no, the new norm in this country is guilty before proven innocent. What’s wrong don’t Yinz like Playing by your own rules?
— Bitchface 😎 (@Burghgirl69) October 5, 2018
Due process you mean the Democrats now believe in due process because they’re little flunkie boy got caught
— #ConfirmKavanaugh Dog Lover❌ (@stilllearin) October 5, 2018
Social media users were also unsympathetic toward Cosko in regard to his potential prison sentence:
Good, this sh*t needs to stop!
Very dangerous dirty games these unhinged Democrats are playing.
Willing to do anything even commit crimes to undermine Trump’s presidency.
These crimes must be punished!#LockHimUp
— Uncensored USA 🇺🇸 (@CarlosSimancas) October 6, 2018
Good…throw the book at him. This needs to stop! https://t.co/aeL2kiEDLv
— Gina (@Gina4Trump) October 5, 2018
The fullest extent of the law is what he should get. https://t.co/VROLfIxb7m
— Brenda Flank (@ConservAll) October 6, 2018
Sending a message! This will not ever be toleratedhttps://t.co/runiflcBzz
— Stella Dallas (@Stelladallas12) October 6, 2018
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