The former Democrat House staffer who was nabbed for posting the private information of Republican senators while then-Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh defended himself against uncorroborated allegations of sexual assault from three decades ago has pleaded guilty to his crimes. Mind you, this was after Jackson Cosko, 27, staunchly denied the charges.
At the time of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s hearing, Cosko was a fellow in Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee’s (D-TX) office. He has now pleaded guilty to doxxing Republican senators and threatening a Senate staffer with whom he previously worked after the staffer witnessed him using one of the office’s computers to post the information. Cosko could get a paltry two years for all this… he should get decades. He could also face a fine of up to $200,000 and possible restitution to Hassan’s office.
The Washington Post reports that Cosko pleaded guilty to “two counts of making public restricted personal information and one count each of computer fraud, witness tampering and obstruction of justice.” Cosko admitted to his crimes as part of a plea deal he reached with prosecutors a week earlier. “The defendant published that information maliciously, with the intent to intimidate the Senators,” the plea agreement says.
Cosko admitted in his plea agreement to posting the private information of Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Mike Lee (R-UT), Rand Paul (R-KY) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). In October, Cosko had contested the charges against him. He had faced up to 20 years in prison for his crimes.
You will not be surprised that Cosko’s sleazy attorney blames his actions on drugs. “Mr. Cosko takes full responsibility for his actions and is sincerely remorseful. Sadly, Mr. Cosko’s ongoing struggle with drugs contributed to a regrettable course of conduct. He is committed to rehabilitating his life, his reputation, and addressing his addiction,” Brian W. Stolarz said. Bull crap.
From The Daily Wire:
“As the Daily Wire previously reported, Cosko entered the office of his former boss, Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-NH) in order to use a computer to publish the private information. A staffer in Hassan’s office recognized him and reported him. Cosko then sent that staffer a threatening email saying that if they told anyone he would “leak it all.”
“Emails signal conversations gmails. Senators children’s health information and socials,” Cosko wrote.
“Cosko reportedly had terabytes of information stolen from the Senate, some of which was sensitive. When investigators searched his home they found cocaine, methamphetamine, and drug paraphernalia. They also found several computers, phones, tablets, and Senate letterhead he had taken from Hassan’s office. He had previously been dismissed by Hassan for unspecified reasons.
“The Post reported that Cosko was “angry” for being fired from Hassan’s office last May, so he “engaged in an extraordinarily extensive data theft scheme.” He copied network drives, including sensitive information, to use in the future.
“For admitting his guilt, Cosko will face only 46 to 57 months in prison, instead of the 20 years he was facing. Sentencing will take place on June 13. The Post reported Cosko has already served four months in jail.
“Missing from the Post article is information regarding Cosko’s family connections. Cosko’s father is the CEO of a successful construction company, Hathaway Dinwiddie. His father also has ties to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), whose office was contacted by Christine Blasey Ford when she made the allegations against Kavanaugh.”
He’s also a big supporter of Bernie Sanders.
Jackson Cosko was arrested in October 2018 over his hacking that amounted to “an extensive computer fraud and data theft scheme,” according to prosecutors. He broke into Hassan’s office multiple times and burglarized it. The plot included the installation of tiny “keylogging” devices that picked up every keystroke. Between July and October 2018, former IT aide Jackson Cosko worked with an unnamed accomplice, a then-current Hassan employee, who repeatedly lent him a key that he used to enter the office at night and who allegedly tried to destroy evidence for him.
Per The Daily Caller, he repeatedly sneaked into her office late at night and gathered dozens of gigabytes of data including:
- dozens of usernames and passwords belonging to Senate employees
- tens of thousands of emails and internal documents
- credit card information belonging to Senate employees
- social security numbers belonging to Senate employees
- personally identifying information belonging to hundreds of other persons (presumably constituents)
- private phone numbers and home addresses of senators
Two years for all that? That’s ridiculous and not justice at all. Had it been a Republican staffer, they would have thrown the book at them.