The former Democrat House staffer who posted the private information of Republican senators while then-Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh defended himself against uncorroborated allegations of sexual assault from three decades ago has pleaded guilty to his crimes.
Jackson Cosko, who at the time of the hearing was a fellow in Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee’s (D-TX) office, pleaded guilty on Friday to doxxing the senators and threatening a senate staffer with whom he previously worked after the staffer witnessed him using one of the office’s computers to post the information.
The Washington Post reports that Cosko pleaded guilty to “two counts of making public restricted personal information and one count each of computer fraud, witness tampering and obstruction of justice.” Cosko admitted to his crimes as part of a plea deal he reached with prosecutors a week earlier.
Cosko admitted in his plea agreement, according to the Post, to posting the private information of Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Mike Lee (R-UT), Rand Paul (R-KY) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). In October, Cosko had contested the charges against him. He had faced up to 20 years in prison for his crimes.
In a statement to the Post, Cosko’s attorney Brian W. Stolarz blamed the 27-year-old's actions on drugs.
“Mr. Cosko takes full responsibility for his actions and is sincerely remorseful. Sadly, Mr. Cosko’s ongoing struggle with drugs contributed to a regrettable course of conduct. He is committed to rehabilitating his life, his reputation, and addressing his addiction,” Stolarz said.
As The Daily Wire previously reported, Cosko entered the office of his former boss, Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-NH) in order to use a computer to publish the private information. A staffer in Hassan’s office recognized him and reported him. Cosko then sent that staffer a threatening email saying that if they told anyone he would “leak it all.”
“Emails signal conversations gmails. Senators children’s health information and socials,” Cosko wrote.
Cosko reportedly had terabytes of information stolen from the Senate, some of which was sensitive. When investigators searched his home they found cocaine, methamphetamine, and drug paraphernalia. They also found several computers, phones, tablets and Senate letterhead he had taken from Hassan’s office. He had previously been dismissed by Hassan for unspecified reasons.
The Post reported that Cosko was “angry” for being fired from Hassan’s office last May, so he “engaged in an extraordinarily extensive data theft scheme.” He copied network drives, including sensitive information, to use in the future.
For admitting his guilt, Cosko will face only 46 to 57 months in prison, instead of the 20 years he was facing. Sentencing will take place on June 13. The Post reported Cosko has already served four months in jail.
Missing from the Post article is information regarding Cosko’s family connections. Cosko’s father is the CEO of a successful construction company, Hathaway Dinwiddie. His father also has ties to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), whose office was contacted by Christine Blasey Ford when she made the allegations against Kavanaugh.