As we reported Thursday, U.S. Capitol Police arrested 27-year-old Jackson A. Cosko for allegedly releasing the private information of multiple Republican senators during the contentious hearing surrounding allegations against Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh. But the situation gets even worse.
According to reports, Cosko allegedly threatened to do even more. According to the Daily Caller, he “allegedly threatened to ‘leak it all’ if a staffer who confronted him told anyone — including the health information and social security numbers of senators’ children.”
The Fox News report stated:
Sources familiar with the case tell Fox News Cosko was in Sen. Hassan’s office, where he was not authorized to be and was caught using a login he was not authorized to use. Cosko earlier was let go by Senator Hassan’s office. A spokesman for Hassan says she “strongly denounces the alleged actions.”
According to Bell’s statement, Cosko is alleged to have been confronted by the staffer and then walked out. The staffer then called police. Hours later the witness received an email from “[email protected]” saying: “If you tell anyone I will leak it all. Emails signal conversations gmails. Senators children’s health information and socials.”
Fox further explained:
“Socials” apparently referred to social security numbers, while Signal is a secure messaging application. Bell said that there was probably cause to believe that Cosko published the information of senators, and then made threatening statements directed to the unnamed witness “with the intent to hinder, delay, or prevent” the witness from reporting it to authorities.
According to Fox, Cosko’s defense attorney, Brian Stolarz, said his client acted alone.
“We all need to take a deep breath,” Stolarz said. “In this political climate everyone wants to jump to conclusions. We need to put the conspiracy theories aside and focus on the allegations. Jackson Cosko is innocent until proven guilty, and we intend to challenge the charges.”
“Innocent until proven guilty?” Shouldn’t that also apply to Judge Brett Kavanaugh?
Cosko has been charged with publishing restricted personal information, threats in interstate communication, unauthorized access of a government computer, identity theft, witness tampering, second degree burglary, and unlawful entry.
Fox also said Cosko, who has also done work for Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Tex, “looked uneasy as Magistrate Judge Deborah Robinson detailed the seven charges against him, which carry the possibility of more than 20 years in prison.”
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