UPDATED 6:38 AM PT — Thursday, June 20, 2019
Another one of Democrat Senator Maggie Hassan’s former aides is facing charges in connection to a 2018 leak of GOP senators’ person information.
On Wednesday, former employee Samantha Davis was charged for allegedly tampering with evidence and abetting computer fraud. On that same day, her former co-worker Jackson Cosko was sentenced to four years in prison.
Davis reportedly gave her colleague and close friend Cosko a key to the senator’s office, where he was able to steal the data. Davis reportedly agreed to loan him the key, and wipe his fingerprints from the office computers.
Cosko also admitted — at first — to sneaking into the senator’s office to retaliate against colleagues he believed got him fired. Instead, Cosko hacked into the computers to copy GOP senator’s personal information such as phone numbers and home addresses to later post on Wikipedia. The ex-staffer admitted his actions were fueled by rage over the GOP senators’ roles in Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings.
In a victim statement, Senator Rand Paul said Cosko’s actions caused him and his family to worry about their personal safety. Prosecutors said the former aide also threatened to release medical information of the senator’s children in an extortion attempt.
Cosko reportedly worked for a number Democrat lawmakers, including Representative Sheila Jackson.
“This is an unpaid intern who has been in the offices of both senators and House members, and has even been employed by House members,” stated Jackson. “I strongly condemn the individual’s indefensible and criminal behavior.”
The district judge who hashed out Cosko’s four year sentence said the ruling is a warning against politically motivated criminal harassment.