Huge: Doxing of GOP Senators Traced to Feinstein's Former Intern, Arrest Made
In a disturbing continuation of the left’s attacks on the GOP, a man who once interned for California Sen. Dianne Feinstein has now been charged with publicly posting Republican senators’ personal information to the internet.
On Wednesday, U.S. Capitol Police arrested Jackson A. Cosko, 27, for allegedly posting personal information about GOP senators involved in the hearings on Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh.
Cosko most recently interned in the office of Democratic Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas, according to Fox.
He faces charges involved with “doxing,” or making restricted information public. According to a statement from the Capitol Police, Cosko has also been initially charged with witness tampering, threats in interstate communications, unauthorized access of a government computer, identity theft, second-degree burglary, and unlawful entry.
Fox News reported late Wednesday that aides found Cosko working on a computer in a Capitol Hill office that did not belong to Jackson Lee. Fox did not say whose office it was.
Cosko was arrested in his Washington home the next day. Capitol Hill security officials are planning to investigate the contents of the computers Cosko used, Fox reported.
According to Roll Call, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s home addresses were added to his public Wikipedia page on Monday.
Last week, while Kavanaugh and his first accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, were being questioned at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, someone from an IP address connected to the Capitol added the personal home addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses of Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee of Utah, to their Wikipedia pages.
This personal information was picked up by the @congressedits Twitter account, an automated account that tweets changes to Wikipedia articles that come from IP addresses assigned to Congress, according to Roll Call. Its thousands of followers were alerted to the changes. Twitter suspended the account this week, Roll Call reported.
Cosko’s exact status with Lee’s office wasn’t clear Thursday. Glenn Rushing, Jackson Lee’s chief of staff, told the Houston Chronicle that Cosko had worked as an intern for the past month in Jackson Lee’s Washington congressional office. He added that Cosko was no longer on the staff.
Rushing also said that he couldn’t give any more details, except that others may have also been involved, according to the Chronicle.
“It’s an ongoing investigation and we’re cooperating with law enforcement,” he told the Chronicle.
Of course, Cosko’s arrest caused a buzz on social media.
Clean cut all-american young man –Jackson Cosko – GW University grad — who no doubt thought his SysAdmin skills would make it impossible for the Capitol Hill Police to identify him. This photo is from his LinkedIn profile pic.twitter.com/BmXl1N3Kdf
— Christopher Burgess (@burgessct) October 4, 2018
According to Fox News, before Cosko worked for Jackson Lee’s office, he worked with Democratic Sen. Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire and former Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer of California.
Most notably, considering the connection between the doxing and the Kavanuagh hearings, Cosko also previously interned for the office of Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, who first brought up Ford’s sexual assault allegation against Kavanaugh.
The attack on these senators’ safety follows the trend of Democratic leaders calling for increasingly more confrontations with anyone who opposes Democrats. You don’t have to search hard to find instances of Democrats inciting open conflict with Republicans.
You may recall how in June, Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters of California called for more mob harassment of members of President Donald Trump’s administration — not just in public places, but also at their own homes.
“Already you have members of your cabinet that are being booed out of restaurants,” Watters said. “Who have protesters taking up at their house who are saying, ‘No peace, no sleep. No peace, no sleep.’
“If you see anybody from that cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd,” she continued.
“And you push back on them. Tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere!”
Or recall the politically motivated mass assassination attempt last year that culminated in House Majority Whip Steve Scalise almost dying. He suffered serious bleeding from the extensive damages to his bones and organs when a gunman attacked Republican lawmakers and their aides practicing for a baseball game. The shooter was a radical left-wing activist.
As Scalise said last month on an episode of Republican Wisconsin Rep. Sean Duffy’s podcast, “Plaidcast,” that “some on the left are inciting this violence and frankly they should be called out on it.”
“You’ve got some people on the left that just want this idea of resist and ignore the fact that (Trump) is president, they want to interrupt the ability of Congress to do its job,” Scalise said. “And of course you’ve got death threats and literal attacks on lives, and frankly I want to see the left stand up to this.”
It is the destructiveness that is running rampant on the left that encourages acts like putting innocent people’s safety in jeopardy for political purposes.
Let’s see if the left isn’t too busy protesting Kavanaugh to stand up against this sick breach.
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