The former Democratic senate staffer charged with releasing personal information about GOP senators during Brett Kavanaugh's hearing allegedly threatened to release more information -- his time, of those senators' children.
WASHINGTON — The former Democratic senate staffer charged with releasing personal information about GOP senators during Brett Kavanaugh’s hearing allegedly threatened to release more information — this time, of those senators’ children.
A former coworker spotted Jackson Cosko, 27, in the Senate office from which he had been asked to resign months earlier. A witness says he was typing on a computer before grabbing something from the desk and leaving, charging documents say.
Cosko wasn’t authorized to be in the office or to use the computer. He apparently logged in to the computer using another staffer’s credentials.
He’s been charged with sending the threatening email to that witness, whom sources tell WTOP’s Neal Augenstein is a member of New Hampshire Sen. Maggie Hassan’s staff.
He faces five federal offenses: making public restricted personal information; making threats in interstate commerce; unauthorized access of a government computer; identity theft; and obstruction of justice/witness tampering.
He also is charged with two D.C. crimes: second-degree burglary and unlawful entry, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia.
According to Legistorm, a website that tracks lawmakers and Capitol Hill staffers, Cosko worked for Democratic Sen. Hassan from January 2017 to May 2018 as a legislative correspondent/systems administrator.
Cosko made his initial appearance in federal court Thursday, and was ordered held until a detention hearing Tuesday, Oct. 9.
WTOP’s Neal Augenstein contributed to this report.
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