Second congressional Democrat staffer charged in scheme to dox Republicans amid Kavanaugh confirmation fight

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Nasty business.

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A second aide to New Hampshire Democrat Sen. Maggie Hassan is facing federal charges stemming from a scheme to publicly post the personal information of several Republican politicians amid the contentious confirmation hearings for now-Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
The aide, Samantha Deforest Davis, was a staff assistant in Hassan’s office from August 2017 until last December. She was fired after Capitol Police discovered her possible involvement in the so-called "doxing" effort.
Court documents accuse Davis of aiding 27-year-old Jackson A. Cosko, a former Hassan aide who has pleaded guilty to five federal offenses, including two counts of making public restricted personal information, and one count each of computer fraud, witness tampering and obstruction of justice.
Also on Wednesday, Cosko was sentenced to four years in prison in the scheme, and was required to turn over the cell phones, computers, and other equipment he used.
Cosko's attorney, Brian W. Stolarz, responded: "No one should be judged by their worst act but how they emerge from it. Mr. Cosko is sincerely remorseful for his conduct, is in recovery, and looks forward to living a purposeful life after he serves his sentence."

Among the officials Cosko targeted were five Republican senators, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. Cosko posted the home addresses and phone numbers of GOP Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Mike Lee of Utah and Rand Paul of Kentucky -- as well as then-Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah -- on Wikipedia.

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calvin farquhar

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If true she should pay the price as the other person did. Send a message to everyone this won't be tolerated. Now, lets get some of the big fish out there that should, but almost certainly won't, get similar treatment.
 

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If true she should pay the price as the other person did. Send a message to everyone this won't be tolerated. Now, lets get some of the big fish out there that should, but almost certainly won't, get similar treatment.
The staffer was likely just the patsy. The senator should be the one under investigation.
 

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The staffer was likely just the patsy. The senator should be the one under investigation.
Both sides have lost all reasonable boundaries. IMO much of the cause is the false sense of anonymity from social media.
 

calvin farquhar

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The staffer was likely just the patsy. The senator should be the one under investigation.
That was my thought as well but wanted to be subtle for no real reason. When I read it I thought, someone fell on the sword, with promises of something after the punishment.