The Democratic staffer accused of leaking personal details of GOP lawmakers during the Kavanaugh hearings was ordered held without bond on Tuesday.
Magistrate Judge Deborah A. Robinson said she believed the staffer, Jackson Cosko, was a risk to the community after prosecutors said he threatened to release even more personal data on Republicans.
Additionally, investigators said they found cocaine and methamphetamine during a search and claimed Cosko may have been under the influence when, according to them, he used his credentials to ‘dox’ several lawmakers by leaking their personal addresses and phone numbers.
Investigators also suggested that the search of his home, car and storage unit uncovered evidence that he was trying to target other lawmakers and even had a checklist on how to cover his tracks.
Cosko was “caught in the act” of breaking into the office of Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), whom he had worked for earlier this year as a tech staffer before being asked to resign, according to assistant US attorney Demian Ahn.
“These are serious offenses that were directed at one of the cornerstones of American democracy,” Ahn said.
Cosko was caught by a current Hassan staffer who knew he wasn’t supposed to be in the office, the police stated.
A police affidavit also claimed Cosko sent an email to the staffer afterwards, threatening to release even more personal information if his intrusion was reported.
“If you tell anyone I will leak it all. Emails signal conversations gmails. Senators children’s health information and socials [sic],” the email read.
The suspect was working for Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) at the time of his arrest, although her office told reporters he has since been fired.
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