Capitol Police arrest suspect in doxing of GOP senators

Capitol Police arrest suspect in doxing of GOP senators
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U.S. Capitol Police on Wednesday arrested a suspect for allegedly "doxing" one or more GOP senators by posting their private information online. 

The suspect, 27-year-old Jackson Cosko of Washington, D.C., has been charged with publicizing restricted personal information, witness tampering, second-degree burglary, threatening interstate communications, unauthorized use of a government computer, identity theft,  and unlawful entry, according to a Wednesday press release.

Cosko has been identified as a former intern for Rep. Sheila Jackson LeeSheila Jackson LeeHicks repeatedly blocked by White House from answering Judiciary questions Democrats bristle as Hicks appears for daylong Capitol Hill testimony On Juneteenth, demanding that reparations be more than lip service MORE (D-Texas). He previously worked for Democratic Sens. Maggie HassanMargaret (Maggie) HassanSecond ex-Senate staffer charged in aiding doxxing of GOP senators Key endorsements: A who's who in early states Overnight Health Care: Poll finds most Americans misunderstand scope of 'Medicare for All' | Planned Parenthood chief readies for 2020 | Drugmakers' lawsuit ramps up fight with Trump MORE (N.H.) and Barbara BoxerBarbara Levy BoxerOnly four Dem senators have endorsed 2020 candidates Hispanic civil rights icon endorses Harris for president California AG Becerra included in Bloomberg 50 list MORE (Calif.).

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The Capitol Police said an investigation is ongoing, but declined to answer The Hill's requests for comment. 

Reports emerged last week that someone from within the U.S. House of Representatives had posted the home addresses and personal cell phone numbers of GOP Sens. Orrin HatchOrrin Grant HatchTrump to award racing legend Roger Penske with Presidential Medal of Freedom Trump awards Presidential Medal of Freedom to economist, former Reagan adviser Arthur Laffer Second ex-Senate staffer charged in aiding doxxing of GOP senators MORE (Utah), Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeOvernight Defense: Officials brief Congress after Iran shoots down drone | Lawmakers fear 'grave situation' | Trump warns Iran | Senate votes to block Saudi arms sales | Bombshell confession at Navy SEAL's murder trial The 7 GOP senators who voted to block all or part of Trump's Saudi arms sale Senate votes to block Trump's Saudi arms sale MORE (Utah) and Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGOP senators divided over approach to election security GOP lawmakers want Mulvaney sidelined in budget talks Trump urged to quickly fill Pentagon post amid Iran tensions MORE (S.C.) on Wikipedia.

The anonymous Wikipedia edits were made as the three senators questioned Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh during his Senate Judiciary Committee hearing last Thursday. 

Kavanaugh was testifying alongside Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her in 1982. 

The edits were posted by the @congressedits, a Twitter account which automatically tweets edits made to Wikipedia pages from Capitol Hill computers. The Twitter account was suspended for posting personal information. 

-- Updated Oct. 4, 4:19 p.m.