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Earlier this week it was reported that private information, including phone numbers and addresses, for three Republican senators who have been advocates for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh were posted online.

On Wednesday, Jackson Cosko, 27, an employee of several Democratic senators, was arrested for alleged threats, witness tampering, unauthorized access to a government computer, identity theft and unlawful entry.

Now, the story apparently has gotten worse.

Cosko allegedly threatened to release the sensitive health information of senators’ children if any witness disclosed his activities, Fox News reported.

The report said Cosko, who recently worked for Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, was arrested for allegedly posting personal information, also called “doxxing,” of Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., Mike Lee, R-Utah, and Orrin Hatch, R-Utah.

Fox News cited a sworn statement by Capitol Police Captain Jason Bell who said a witness Tuesday saw Cosko at a computer in a senator’s office, where he used to work.

It was a day after two other unnamed senators’ information had been put on Wikipedia.

Cosko also worked for Sens. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., and former Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif.

Fox News clarified that while earlier reports identified Cosko as an intern for Jackson Lee, his lawyer said he was working as a fellow in her office, paid by an outside institution.

According to Bell’s statement, Cosko is alleged to have been confronted by the staffer and then walked out.

The staffer then called police, and hours later the witness received an email from ‘[email protected]’ saying: “If you tell anyone I will leak it all. Emails signal conversations gmails. Senators children’s health information and socials.”

Fox News noted Cosko also is charged with publishing restricted personal information and threats in interstate communication.

He could face some 20 years in prison.

Among the ensuing comments, from Michael Horton: “Really hope he serves some serious time. An example needs to be set that this is not appropriate. We’re only just over a year removed from an attempted mass assassination attempt.”

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