Second Democrat staffer charged in plot to dox Republicans

Second Democrat staffer charged in plot to dox Republicans

A second aide to New Hampshire Democrat Sen. Maggie Hassan is facing federal charges for plotting to publicly post personal information of several Republican politicians during the confirmation hearings for Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

Samantha Deforest Davis was a staff assistant in Democrat Sen. Maggie Hassan’s office from August 2017 until  December 2018. She was fired after Capitol Police discovered her involvement in the  “doxing” effort.

Court documents say Davis of aiding 27-year-old Jackson A. Cosko, a former Hassan aide who pleaded guilty to five federal offenses, including two counts of making public restricted personal information, and one count each of computer fraud, witness tampering and obstruction of justice.

Prosecutors said on Wednesday that Samantha Deforest Davis was persuaded by Cosko to “wipe down” Senate computers he had hacked. Davis now faces two misdemeanor charges: one federal count of aiding and abetting computer fraud and a District count of attempted evidence tampering, the Washington Post reported.

Also on Wednesday, Cosko was sentenced to four years in prison in the plot and was required to turn over the cell phones, computers, and other equipment he used.

Cosko’s attorney, Brian W. Stolarz, responded: “No one should be judged by their worst act but how they emerge from it. Mr. Cosko is sincerely remorseful for his conduct, is in recovery, and looks forward to living a purposeful life after he serves his sentence.”

Among the officials Cosko targeted were five Republican senators, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. Cosko posted the home addresses and phone numbers of GOP Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Mike Lee of Utah and Rand Paul of Kentucky — as well as then-Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah — on Wikipedia.

Davis is reportedly expected to plead guilty to two misdemeanor charges, including evidence tampering and aiding and abetting computer fraud.

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