The former senate aide charged with doxing republicans and extorting a witness during the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearings has negotiated a secret plea deal.
It could have something to do with the information he stole… or the fact that his family is extremely wealthy and connected to high-ranking career democrats.
Either way, it looks like yesterday was the day that corruption triumphed over justice.
The Daily Caller reported:
A judge signaled that Jackson Cosko had allegedly taken large quantities of sensitive information from the Senate, but banned media from hearing the details.
A hearing had been scheduled for Thursday, but on Tuesday, the court canceled it and indicated that a deal had been struck behind the scenes.
A plea agreement hearing, where the deal is to be officially signed, was set for April 5.
During Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s September 2018 confirmation hearing, Cosko — a former IT aide who once managed Democratic New Hampshire Sen. Maggie Hassan’s office computer accounts — allegedly posted to Wikipedia the home addresses of Republican senators who supported the Supreme Court justice.
He wasn’t bluffing.
This makes it even more troubling that the fact appears that if you steal enough ‘dirt’ on democrats, you can get away with practically anything.
U.S. District Judge Thomas Hogan stated Cosko allegedly possessed terabytes of info, including Senate data so sensitive that it could not be discussed in open court.
But, why was this information on a gmail account?
“He downloaded more information than was originally understood. There is no combination of conditions that could ensure the safety of the community,” Hogan said in December of last year.
Prosecutors had underscored that Cosko was a flight risk and could essentially obstruct justice.
The outlet added:
Cosko — a supporter of Democratic socialist Bernie Sanders — is the son of an enormously wealthy and politically connected California family with ties to Feinstein.
Republicans suggested the California Democrat leaked a letter soon before Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing that alleged the Supreme Court justice sexually assaulted Christine Blasey Ford.
The suspect’s father, Greg Cosko, is the CEO of Hathaway Dinwiddie, a massive construction company that built a university building named after Feinstein’s husband. He serves on the board of San Francisco State University alongside Willie Brown, the California politician who said he helped make the career of California’s other Democratic senator, Kamala Harris, with an illicit affair.
As former chairman of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, Greg Cosko hobnobbed with then-House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Feinstein and others. The elder Cosko’s adult son appears to have made inroads in Washington via an internship with Feinstein.
Jackson Cosko appeared to have absconded with vast troves of data months before the confirmation hearing, and even allegedly had Senate letterhead. Even after he was caught, he continued to make threats, Hogan said.
“There’s been some complex discovery with terabytes of information. The defendant is cooperating but the government isn’t convinced that he is fully cooperative. Some of what was provided under discovery is Senate information. The Senate is subject to a privilege called speech and debate,” he said at a January court date before closing the proceedings to the public.
At December and January court dates, Hogan barred The Daily Caller News Foundation from the courtroom as lengthy proceedings went on, even though Cosko’s mother was allowed to stay.
Hogan assured reported that what was said would become public.
But that seems not to be the case now.
When asked if a plea deal meant the evidence of major crimes would remain sealed, prosecutor Tejpal S. Chawla said “we’ll see.”
Basically, this staffer was given “superuser” credentials, which may have never been revoked.
“Congressional officials previously told TheDCNF that IT aides have the “keys to the kingdom” and the ability to see all the computer files in an office.”
“Compounding matters, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee picked up Cosko after he was booted from Hassan’s office. The Texas Democrat’s office refused to say whether she checked with Hassan as a reference or did a criminal background check.
“Feinstein was previously accused of having a Chinese spy working in her California office, but allowed him to retire and covered it up. He was never criminally charged — helpful in avoiding media attention — and she never discussed it publicly until it leaked out years later. Even then, she refused to name him and falsely characterized him as simply a driver. He is still working in the U.S.”
The real corruption in DC, apparently, has no bounds.