Jackson Cosco, the former Democrat aide who doxxed Republican senators during the Kavanaugh hearings has pleaded guilty. There was a point a few weeks ago where it looked like he was going to get away with this completely.
Now it looks as though he will serve some time in jail.
The Hill reports:
Former Democratic aide pleads guilty to doxing GOP senators attending Kavanaugh hearing
A former congressional Democratic staff member pleaded guilty on Friday to posting private information about Republican senators who took part in the hearings on sexual assault allegations against then-Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
Jackson Cosko, 27, pleaded guilty to two counts of making public restricted personal information and one count each of computer fraud, witness tampering and obstruction of justice, The Washington Post reported.
The five federal felony counts carry maximum penalties up to 20 years in prison. In accordance with a plea agreement, prosecutors said a sentencing range of 46 to 57 months applied under federal guidelines.
Cosko, who has served about four months in jail since he was charged, will be sentenced on June 13, the newspaper noted.
The agreement comes after Cosko was accused of releasing the private information of five Republican senators last year.
It’s amazing that this was all about a judge being confirmed to the Supreme Court.
The Washington Times has more on the crime itself and Cosko’s background:
A staffer at the time of Rep. Shelia Jackson-Lee, Texas Democrat, Cosko was arrested in October after the Wikipedia pages of the senators – Lindsay Graham of South Carolina, Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee of Utah and Rand Paul and Mitch Mcconnell of Kentucky – were updated to include their home addresses and personal phone numbers.
In a statement of facts entered in court alongside his guilty plea, Cosko said he was angry about his termination from a previous job working for Sen. Maggie Hassan, New Hampshire Democrat, and that he retaliated by using a former colleague’s key to break into her office in the months after his firing and surreptitiously install “keylogger” devices on at least six office computers.
“During burglaries after the installation of the keyloggers, the defendant accessed the keylogger devices and obtained the information they had recorded,” U.S. Attorney Alessio D. Evangelista wrote in a statement of facts signed by Cosko.
It’s a good thing he is going to suffer real consequences for this.
He deserves it.