Second ex-Senate aide charged in posting private data

WASHINGTON (AP) — A second former aide to Democratic Sen. Maggie Hassan is facing federal charges that stem from the illegal online posting of personal information of five Republican senators who backed Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination.

Samantha Deforest Davis, who worked as a staff assistant for the New Hampshire senator until last December, faces two misdemeanor charges in the case.

Court documents accuse Davis of aiding Jackson A. Cosko, a former Hassan aide who has pleaded guilty to five federal offenses, including making public restricted personal information, computer fraud, witness tampering and obstruction of justice.

Cosko could face at least 30 months in prison.

Davis was a staff assistant in Hassan’s office from August 2017 until last December. She was fired after Capitol Police discovered her possible involvement in the case.

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