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 GardnerRepublicans will pay on Election Day for politicizing Trump's impeachment Koch network could target almost 200 races in 2020, official says Hickenlooper raised .8 million for Colorado Senate bid in fourth quarter of 2019 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 HatchKey Republicans say Biden can break Washington gridlock Trump awards Medal of Freedom to racing industry icon Roger Penske Trump holds more Medal of Freedom ceremonies than predecessors but awards fewer medals MORE (Utah), Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeSenators are politicians, not jurors — they should act like it Sens. Kaine, Lee: 'We should not be at war with Iran unless Congress authorizes it' Overnight Defense: War powers fight runs into impeachment | Kaine has 51 votes for Iran resolution | Trump plans to divert .2B from Pentagon to border wall MORE (Utah) and Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamSenate GOP mulls speeding up Trump impeachment trial Democratic group plans mobile billboard targeting Collins on impeachment Paul predicts no Republicans will vote to convict Trump 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 LeeThe US should work to counter India's actions against the people of Kashmir Sheila Jackson Lee tops colleagues in House floor speaking days over past decade Omar calls on US to investigate Turkey over possible war crimes in Syria MORE (D-Texas), has been fired.