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 GardnerCan a rising tide of female legislators lift all boats? Setting the record straight about No Labels Overnight Health Care: Senators urge vote on delaying health insurance tax | Joe Kennedy III 'hopeful' he can back 'Medicare for all' bill | Latest Ebola outbreak becomes world's 2nd-worst 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 HatchHatch warns Senate 'in crisis' in farewell speech Senate confirms Trump's pick to be deputy Treasury secretary Brzezinski: It’s ‘despicable’ for GOP lawmakers to dismiss Cohen memo implicating Trump MORE (Utah), Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeGOP-controlled Senate breaks with Trump on Saudi vote Senate moves toward vote on ending support for Saudi-led war Dem lawmaker pledges hearings after CIA briefing on Khashoggi MORE (Utah) and Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGOP-controlled Senate breaks with Trump on Saudi vote Senators prepare for possibility of Christmas in Washington during a shutdown Dem senator: Trump 'seems more rattled than usual' 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 LeeHouse Dems talking more about impeaching Trump Democratic lawmaker makes 'plea' to Trump in border wall debate The case for reauthorizing VAWA MORE (D-Texas), has been fired.