A former staffer for a Democratic congresswoman has pled guilty to several counts related to his revealing personal information of several Republican members of Congress during the debate over Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination.
Jackson Cosko was arrested in October 2018 over his hacking that amounted to "an extensive computer fraud and data theft scheme," according to prosecutors.
Here are the charges that he pled guilty to:
- Two counts of making public restricted personal information
- One count of computer fraud
- One count of witness tampering
- One count of obstruction of justice
He could face up to two years in prison.
Cosko admitted that he stole information from congressional computers because he was angry over being fired by Democratic Senator Maggie Hasan (N.H.).
He burglarized her office several times in order to gain access to proprietary computer information, including personal information of several members of Congress.
He then published some private information to the Wikipedia pages for Republican members of Congress, including Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
Cosko also worked for other members of Congress including Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas).
Despite Cosko's meddling, Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court was approved.
Here's a news video from when Cosko was arrested:
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