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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 GardnerMark Kelly to be sworn in as senator on Wednesday Hillicon Valley: Trump fires top federal cybersecurity official, GOP senators push back | Apple to pay 3 million to resolve fight over batteries | Los Angeles Police ban use of third-party facial recognition software Senate passes bill to secure internet-connected devices against cyber vulnerabilities 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 HatchMellman: What happened after Ginsburg? Bottom line Bottom line MORE (Utah), Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeGovernment used Patriot Act to gather website visitor logs in 2019 Grassley returns to Capitol after having coronavirus McConnell halts in-person Republican lunches amid COVID-19 surge MORE (Utah) and Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGraham reports 'record-breaking' 9M haul during 2020 campaign Lawmakers pressure leaders to reach COVID-19 relief deal Biden: Trump attending inauguration is 'of consequence' to the country 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 LeePocan won't seek another term as Progressive Caucus co-chair Grand jury charges no officers in Breonna Taylor death Hillicon Valley: Murky TikTok deal raises questions about China's role | Twitter investigating automated image previews over apparent algorithmic bias | House approves bill making hacking federal voting systems a crime MORE (D-Texas), has been fired.