Here’s some icing to go on top of this week’s Jussie Smollett cake. Remember back in September when someone was posting personal information about GOP senators Orrin Hatch, Lindsey Graham, and Mike Lee on Wikipedia while they asked questions during Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing?
He even threatened to release the health information and Social Security numbers of senators’ children if the person who caught him in the act told anyone they saw him there.
It turned out that the person doing the doxxing was a 27-year-old Democrat staffer named Jackson Cosko who worked in Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee’s office but broke into the office of his former boss, Sen. Maggie Hassan, to do his dirty work.
So what kind of punishment do you get for unauthorized use of a government computer to post the personal information of senators online? The Daily Wire reports that Cosko has accepted a plea deal.
The Sheila Jackson Lee staffer who doxxed GOP senators during the Kavanaugh hearing just got a plea deal:https://t.co/GWE72feWwH
— Ashe Schow (@AsheSchow) March 26, 2019
On Tuesday, Cosko and his attorney reached a plea deal with the Washington, D.C. federal prosecutors working on his case, according to The Daily Caller. The deal will be officially signed on April 5. U.S. District Judge Thomas Hogan reportedly said at an earlier hearing that Cosko had terabytes of information he had stolen from the Senate, including sensitive data.
“He downloaded more information than was originally understood. There is no combination of conditions that could ensure the safety of the community,” Hogan said, according to the Caller.
The Caller revealed that Cosko was more than a Democrat staffer — he was the son of a well-connected and wealthy family.
Well-connected and wealthy always helps.
So the GOP Senators who were doxxed don’t even have the power to have this guy serve some kind of meaningful sentence! I would think this sets a precedent that no elected official would be happy with, regardless of their party.
— SASNC (@sasncsheri) March 26, 2019
The justice system has been corrupted and is no longer about justice. It’s all about social justice. See Jussie Smollett.
— Well Armed Women (@Girls_n_Guns) March 27, 2019
Seeing what happened with Smolette he'll probably just have 10 hours of community service and quietly become a staffer for another "progressive" dem or maybe Bernie's campaign.
— Sigmono (@Sigmonodono) March 26, 2019
Well at least you know now who's in charge
— Scott O'Hare (@SOH_Analytics) March 27, 2019
Doxing the senators, while pretty bad, doesn't even come off as the worst of the charges he faced. Accessing a government computer seems like it could carry a pretty harsh penalty.
— The Wight Rat (@WightRat) March 27, 2019
You’d think. And how much must he have downloaded illegally to have “terabytes” of stolen Senate information?
They will do anything to get their way. Anything.
— Wattpuppy (@wattpuppy) March 27, 2019
Kavanaugh could have been confirmed to the Supreme Court — someone had to do something.
So what was his plea deal?
— Jen Jussely (@JJussely) March 27, 2019
We don’t know yet, but whatever it is, it’s not enough.
"It is unknown at this time what is included in the plea deal."
WTF is going on in this country? I thought we had a few decades before we collapsed completely, now I think it might be a few MONTHS.
— John du Raspail (@JohnDuRaspail) March 27, 2019
Of course, democrats always walk away…
— Jackie SB4X (@Jackie13321551) March 27, 2019
That’s shocking….. NOT…
— TONY D (@TDMAN1958) March 27, 2019
Does he get the Chicago treatment? Barely a slap on the wrist and sent home with a Subway sandwich?
— TommyHour🇺🇸 (@thomashourigan1) March 26, 2019
More of our 2 tiered justice system! He has a rich daddy!
— Susan VA (@Sus16160794) March 27, 2019
Of course. Makes sense. Next we'll hear that Michael Avenetti's charges are being dropped.
— Eddie NeSmith🇺🇸 (@gamecocksSecE) March 27, 2019
‘That’s sick’! Story of Dem staffer who doxxed GOP senators actually gets WORSE https://t.co/2S5gdLNfbE
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) October 4, 2018