Jackson Cosko, the 27-year-old Democratic staffer arrested last week for releasing the private information of three GOP senators, was widely reported to be an “unpaid intern” working for Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas).
However, new information reveals Cosko was neither unpaid nor an intern.
The Washington Post reported last week that Cosko worked for Lee as a “fellow,” a major upgrade from intern. Fellows on Capitol Hill traditionally possess greater privileges and responsibilities than interns.
Fox News later confirmed the Post’s reporting. Cosko’s lawyer told Fox News he worked as a fellow in Lee’s office and was being paid by an “outside organization.” The attorney did not name that organization.
The revelation raises new questions as to why Lee’s office, and the media, has portrayed Cosko as an intern. Law enforcement have released few additional details.
However, we know that Cosko has a history of working on Capitol Hill. Prior to his fellowship in Lee’s office, Cosko worked for Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) and former Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.). He worked in Hassan’s office from January 2017 to May 2018. He was reportedly fired from his job there. Cosko also interned for Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.).
Capitol Police arrested Cosko last week, charging him with making public restricted personal information, witness tampering, unauthorized access of a government computer, identity theft, second degree burglary, unlawful entry, and threats in interstate communication.
Law enforcement also revealed last week that Cosko threatened to release more information on lawmakers if a witness — who saw him access a computer in Hassan’s office — told anyone about the incident.
(H/T: The Tennessee Star)