By J. D. Heyes
Washington has always attracted and often rewarded shady characters and shady behavior, but itâ€™s becoming patently obvious that the Democratic Party is most responsible for turning our nationâ€™s capital into a cesspool of corruption.
The Daily Callerâ€™s ace investigative reporter Luke Rosiak has, for more than a year, beenÂ covering theft of lawmaker dataÂ by a team of Pakistani nationals who served as information technology (IT) workers for dozens of Democratic lawmakers.Â
The theft of data has been dismissed by the fake news Left-wing media as nothing more than a hiccup â€” a misunderstanding at best, but certainly not the intelligence coup that Rosiak has exposed. However, were we to believe those frequently â€˜mistakenâ€™ outlets, weâ€™d all still be preparing for a Hillary Clinton presidencyâ€¦someday.
Plus, the story would not still be unfolding â€” as it is.
On Wednesday, RosiakÂ introduced the latest chapterÂ in Democrat-related IT data theft, and while it isnâ€™t the foreign intelligence coup associated with the Pakistani nationals, it is, politically, just as sinister:
A second former aide to Sen. Maggie Hassan is implicated in former IT staffer Jackson Coskoâ€™s massive data-theft scheme that was ultimately used to â€œintimidateâ€ Republican senators by â€œdoxxingâ€ them during a confirmation hearing for Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, prosecutors said.
Samantha G. DeForest-Davis, at the time a staff assistant to Hassan, was the aide who allegedly helped Cosko conduct his scheme, a source with knowledge of the situation toldÂ The Daily Caller NewsÂ Foundation. Court records show a case naming her has been opened, and the source confirmed it relates to her alleged role in the data theft.
Rosiak reports that DeForest-Davis has filed an affidavit to see if sheâ€™s eligible for a court-appointed public defender, but so far sheâ€™s not been charged with any crimes.
Meanwhile, Cosko pleaded guilty last week to plotting what federal prosecutors say was â€œan extraordinarily extensive data-theft scheme, copying entire network drives, sorting and organizing sensitive data, and exploring ways to use that data to his benefit.â€
He also admitted that he stole tens of thousands of documents and emails from Hassanâ€™s office, along with credit card data and Social Security numbers that belong to Senate staffers.
In addition, the information Cosko stole â€œincluded a master list of senatorsâ€™ private information that Cosko posted to Wikipedia out of â€˜angerâ€™ at Republicans during the Supreme Court nomination hearings, prosecutors said,â€ Rosiak reported (which should also prove to you that Wikipedia is every bit as phony a source of information asÂ we have always said it was).
According to prosecutors, Coskoâ€™s months-long string of data theft began after he was fired in May 2018 via a series of late-night burglaries that occurred between July and October of last year.
He was fired for some sort of misconduct that Hassan, a New Hampshire Democrat, has elected not to explain. According to records, he was hired soon after by Democratic Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee of Texas, though Rosiak says her office hasnâ€™t said whether they received a reference from Hassanâ€™s personnel staff.
As for DeForest-Davis, at one time she wasÂ listed as being on Hassanâ€™s payrollÂ making a slurry of $43,000 at the time of the alleged burglaries but is no longer on staff. She allegedly provided Cosko with the keys to Hassanâ€™s office.
As for Hassan, sheâ€™s a member of the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, so certainly she would have access to sensitive â€” likely even classified â€” data.
Rosiak noted: â€œWorking with the accomplice, he orchestrated a series of break-ins from July to October 2018, installing â€˜keyloggersâ€™ that captured every keystroke on six Hassan computers and sorted information into folders such as one marked â€˜high value,â€™ prosecutors said.â€
Congress has a massive data leak problem, and it seems to be confined to Democrats and their staffs.
A version of this story first appeared at NewsTarget.