GOP senator says wife received video of beheading after Kavanaugh vote

GOP senator says wife received video of beheading after Kavanaugh vote
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Sen. Cory GardnerCory Scott GardnerHickenlooper day-old Senate bid faces pushback from progressives The Hill's Campaign Report: Democratic field begins to shrink ahead of critical stretch The Hill's 12:30 Report: Democratic field narrows with Inslee exit MORE (R-Colo.) said on Sunday that his wife received a graphic text message with video of a beheading shortly after he voted to confirm Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

Gardner told Fox News that his wife received the threatening message on Saturday, just hours after the Senate confirmed Kavanaugh in a 50-48 vote.

The Colorado Republican also said someone posted the names and addresses of his family members online.

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Gardner is the latest GOP lawmaker to be targeted with the intimidation tactic known as “doxing” in recent weeks.

Jackson Cosko, a former Democratic aide, was arrested last week for allegedly posting the private information of several Republican senators online. 

Capitol Police began investigating the trend late last month after the Wikipedia pages of  unidentified senators were edited without their permission to include their restricted personal data like home addresses and personal cell phones.

Three of the GOP senators targeted — 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 LeeA cash advance to consider McConnell, allies lean into Twitter, media 'war' Conservatives buck Trump over worries of 'socialist' drug pricing MORE (Utah) and Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamWhat would John McCain do? Sunday shows preview: Trump ratchets up trade war with China White House won't move forward with billions in foreign aid cuts MORE (S.C.) — all serve on the Senate Judiciary Committee.

The anonymous Wikipedia edits were made while the committee was questioning Kavanaugh about sexual misconduct allegations made against him.

Cosko, who had been working as an intern for Rep. Sheila Jackson LeeSheila Jackson LeeJackson Lee: 'Racism is a national security threat' Most oppose cash reparations for slavery: poll Poll: Most Americans oppose reparations MORE (D-Texas), has been fired.