WASHINGTON — A Democratic congressional aide accused of publishing the private information of at least three Republican senators allegedly threatened to leak confidential health information relating to their children, say reports.
Jackson Cosko, who recently worked for Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, (D)-Texas, was arrested this week on allegations that he posted personal information relating of a number of Republican senators online. According to police reports Cosko published the home addresses and phone numbers of Lindsey Graham, (R)-S.C., Mike Lee, (R)-Utah, and Orrin Hatch, (R)-Utah on Wikipedia without either’s knowledge or consent.
According to a sworn statement by Capitol Police Captain Jason Bell, a staffer saw Cosko at a computer inside a senator’s office where he used to work shortly after news broke of the doxxing. When the witness confronted Cosko and Cosko left the office.
A short time later, claims the witness, he received an email from the email address “firstname.lastname@example.org” saying: “If you tell anyone I will leak it all. Emails signal conversations gmails. Senators children’s health information and socials,” with socials being a reference to the children’s social security numbers.
Since Cosko’s arrest, speculation has swirled as to whether or not Coscko was acting as part of an organized plot or if he was the lone bad actor.
Cosko’s defense attorney, Brian Stolarz, told Fox News his client, indeed, acted alone.
“We all need to take a deep breath,” said Stolarz. “In this political climate, everyone wants to jump to conclusions. We need to put the conspiracy theories aside and focus on the allegations. Jackson Cosko is innocent until proven guilty, and we intend to challenge the charges.”
Cosko has in the past worked for an array of other Democratic senators including Sen. Dianne Feinstein, (D)-Calif., Sen. Maggie Hassan, (D)-N.H., and former Sen. Barbara Boxer, (D)-Calif.
If convicted, Cosko faces up to eight years in state prison.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The woman who claims Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) physically and emotionally abused her says the Democratic Party “smeared, threatened [and] isolated” her after she went public with her allegations.
“I’ve been smeared, threatened, isolated from my own party,” Karen Monahan said in a statement posted to Twitter. “I provided medical records from 2017, stating on two different Dr. Visits, I told them about the abuse and who did it. My therapist released records stating I have been dealing and healing from the abuse.”
“Four people, including my supervisor at the time, stated that I came to them after and shared the exact story I shared publicly, I shared multiple text between me and Keith, where I discuss the abuse with him and much more,” Monahan’s statement, went on. “As I said before, I knew I wouldn’t be believed.”
Monahan says coming forward with her story represented a “huge piece of my healing” and included a photo of her grandchild with the caption: “My grandbaby deserves a world where human dignity is not a political tool for your parties interest. #metoo.”
Monahan’s allegations surfaced at the same time a woman claiming Brett Kavanaugh, Trump’s nominee for Supreme Court Justice, sexually assaulted her while attending a high school party more than 30 years ago.
Although Monahan tagged both the Democratic National Committee and the Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party in her tweet, neither organization has responded to her allegations.
Ellison, who admits to once having a romantic relationship with his accuser, has denied Monahan’s accusations of domestic violence.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Donald Trump on Wednesday announced his intent to delay the upcoming DC visit by Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Citing the ongoing investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, Trump said he thought it best to delay Putin’s scheduled visit to the US this autumn.
In a statement, National security adviser John Bolton said Trump believed his next meeting with Putin should take place “after the Russia witch hunt is over”.
“The President believes that the next bilateral meeting with President Putin should take place after the Russia witch hunt is over, so we’ve agreed that it will be after the first of the year,” Bolton said.
Last week, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders announced that Trump had directed Bolton to extend an invitation to Putin to visit Washington later this year, days after the two met for a summit in Helsinki, Finland, which quickly turned controversial.
In comments following the meeting, the president appeared to suggest that he believed Russia played no role in influencing the outcome of the 2016 presidential election, despite the findings of US intelligence officials.
Trump’s decision to invite Putin for a second meeting came as the White House sought to quell the controversy that arose over the president’s comments.
Trump later clarified his previous statement, stating that he had simply misspoke.
Mueller’s team has been for months investigating nearly everyone associated with Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and has thus far found no proof of wrongdoing by the president.
However, earlier this month, a federal grand jury indicted 12 Russian intelligence officers on allegations of hacking emails belonging to the Hillary Clinton campaign and DNC during the 2016 election. All 12 defendants have been identified as members of GRU, a Russian intelligence agency.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (Breitbart) — The #Walkaway movement that began with a popular Facebook video featuring a gay hairdresser in New York City explaining why he was leaving the Democratic Party has quickly morphed into a major force on social media and beyond.
According to an article last Thursday in the Epoch Times, some five million people on Facebook and YouTube have seen the groundbreaking video showing a “very handsome gay man” who describes his awakening to the inanities of liberalism and the Democratic Party. “Once upon a time, I was a liberal. Well, to be honest, less than a year ago, I was still a liberal,” begins Brandon Straka, the unlikely face of the new “silent minority” of Americans.
“I reject a system which allows an ambitious, misinformed and dogmatic mob to suppress free speech, create false narratives, and apathetically steamroll over the truth,” he says. “I reject hate.”
“These are the reasons why I became a liberal. And these are the same reasons why I am now walking away.” Straka published his original #WalkAway video on May 26, and since then his life “has been overtaken by a tidal wave,” the Epoch Times reports. The movement has been especially successful because its spokespersons have not been the sort typically associated with conservativism. Young and old, black and white, men and women, gay and straight—the campaign seems to elude stereotypes and pigeonholing.
The popular young conservative commentator C.J. Pearson, for instance, has given the movement a significant push by highlighting the Democratic Party’s racist past. “The Democratic Party is the party of slavery. The party of Jim Crow. The party of segregation. The party of the KKK,” Pearson tweeted Saturday.
“Democrats walked away from black folks long ago. Now, it’s our time to #WalkAway,” he added. It is enough to search for the hashtag #WalkAway on Twitter or Facebook to see how the campaign has taken on like wildfire, spawning an entire cottage industry of personal testimonials and “conversion” stories of how people woke up to the false promises of liberalism.
And yet, according to Straka, this is “so much more than a hashtag on Twitter.” “This is a testimonial campaign, a grassroots movement that is going to change the political landscape of this country.”
Some Democrats say they are still expecting a “blue wave” come November. If social media is any indication, there seems to have been a sea change.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Breaking news of Justice Kennedy’s retirement Wednesday interrupted a conference call with DNC leaders, prompting audible sounds of shock and anguish.
“Justice Anthony Kennedy has just announced that he’s retiring,” one person announced to the group.
“Ohhhh!” one person yelled in response.
“Oh my God,” another replied.
“Not that he’s done us any good on these recent decisions, but he was the one who was usually persuadeable,” yet another lamented.
The 81-year-old Kennedy announced via statement Wednesday that he was stepping down after more than 30 years on the bench. A Republican appointee, Kennedy held the key vote on such high-profile issues as abortion, affirmative action, gay rights, guns, campaign finance and voting rights.
President Donald Trump, who was earlier made aware of Kennedy’s plans to retire, already has a list of 25 candidates lined up to fill the jurist’s spot.
According to reports, the list includes 24 judges and Utah Sen. Mike Lee. The president has said he is prepared to choose a nominee from that list.
The new jurist, whomever that may be, will likely tip the scales in the favor of Conservative causes, particularly in regard to matters relating to hot-button issues such as abortion.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Hill) — The Democratic National Committee (DNC) is suing the Russian government, the Trump campaign and WikiLeaks, alleging that the three entities conspired to help President Trump win the 2016 election.
The Washington Post reported Friday that the DNC filed the multimillion dollar lawsuit in federal district court in Manhattan.
“During the 2016 presidential campaign, Russia launched an all-out assault on our democracy, and it found a willing and active partner in Donald Trump’s campaign,” DNC Chairman Tom Perez said in a statement.
“This constituted an act of unprecedented treachery: the campaign of a nominee for President of the United States in league with a hostile foreign power to bolster its own chance to win the presidency.”
The DNC is seeking millions of dollars in damages related to the hacked DNC emails that WikiLeaks published during the campaign, according to the Post.
The lawsuit alleges that hacking and publishing the DNC emails was part of a larger conspiracy to damage Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s campaign and help Trump win the election.
The suit names as defendants several Trump campaign aides who met with Russian nationals during the campaign, including campaign chairman Paul Manafort and deputy chairman Richard Gates, both of whom have since been charged in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling in the election.
The DNC lawsuit also names Donald Trump Jr., Trump’s son-in-law and White House adviser Jared Kushner and on-and-off Trump confidant Roger Stone.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Hillary Clinton and her cohorts at the DNC may have some explaining to do, according to blockbuster accusations revealed in a newly filed lawsuit.
“The Hillary Clinton Campaign and the Democratic National Committee allegedly used state chapters as strawmen to launder as much as $84 million in an effort to circumvent campaign donation limits, and the Federal Election Commission ignored complaints exposing the practice”, a lawsuit filed Monday by The Committee to Defend the President (CDP) claims.
As reported by Fox News, the CDP, formally known as the “Stop Hillary PAC”, filed its complaint with the FEC in December 2017 with the claims that the Hillary Victory Fund (HVF) solicited cash from big-name donors, and allegedly sent that money through state chapters and back to the DNC before ending up with the Clinton campaign.
In its initial complaint, the CDP alleged that around $84 million was funneled illegally from the DNC through state party chapters and back into funds marked the Clinton campaign.
“The Clinton machine has escaped accountability for its illegal practices for far too long,” Ted Harvey, CDP chairman, told Fox News. “After months of review, the FEC has refused to address the Clintons’ $84 million money laundering scheme that violated several campaign finance laws.”
On Monday, the CDP renewed its allegations through the filing of a lawsuit against the FEC with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. In it, the CDP claims that the commission failed to act, calling the inaction “arbitrary, capricious, contrary to law, and an abuse of discretion.”
“Based on publicly available FEC records, repeatedly throughout the 2016 presidential campaign, HVF would purportedly transfer funds to its constituent political committees, which included between 34 and 40 state parties,” the complaint reads. “On the very same day each of these transfers supposedly occurred, or occasionally the very next day, every single one of those state parties purportedly contributed all of those funds to the DNC.”
The complaint documents a series of transactions in which the HVF disbursed contributions to its state party committee members, only to receive the funds back on the same day.
Officials for the FEC declined to comment when reached by Fox News on the matter, but issued a statement addressing the allegations a short time thereafter.
“A provision of federal campaign finance law requires that any Commission action on an enforcement matter be kept strictly confidential until the case is resolved,” the statement reads. “To comply with this legal commitment and to protect the interests of those involved, we have a policy of not commenting on matters that are before the agency.”
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Bill Clinton’s days of being the golden boy of the Democratic party are long gone, particularly in light of the recent #MeToo movement, say party insiders.
According to party leaders, Democrats are going to avoid Bill Clinton during the 2018 midterm election like the plague.
“I think it’s pretty tough,” Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), vice chair of the House Progressive Caucus and one of the leading voices in Congress demanding changes in Washington’s approach to sexual harassment told Politico (https://tinyurl.com/ya9nxlae). Clinton’s presence “just brings up a lot of issues that will be very tough for Democrats. And I think we all have to be clear about what the #MeToo movement was.”
Georgia Democratic Chair DuBose Porter echoed Jayapal’s comments.
“I value the assets of what the Clintons can bring. He did a lot for Georgia when he was president,” said Porter. “He carried Georgia. The personal side that is now being highlighted, we’ll have to measure.”
When asked on Wednesday whether or not Clinton would be tapped by the DNC to campaign on their behalf, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Ben Ray Luján let his silence do the talking.
“As we travel around the country … different candidates are going to be making requests for different surrogates,” he responded, refusing to answer the question point blank.
Privately, says Politico, Democratic leaders are much more blunt, making it clear that their party and their candidates want nothing to do with the former president.
“Bill Clinton is toxic. He’s campaign poison and his wife is no better,” said one DNC official who agreed to speak with me off the record. “Between his philandering and her scandals, the last thing any candidate wants at this point is to be affiliated with a Clinton. The sooner they fade into distant history, the better.”
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Members of the House late Thursday called for the declassification and release of a “shocking” classified memo that reportedly details abuse of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) by senior Justice Department and Federal Bureau of Investigations officials relating to their investigation of then-candidate Donald Trump (https://saraacarter.com/2018/01/18/a-bombshell-house-intelligence-report-exposing-extensive-fisa-abuse-could-lead-to-the-removal-of-senior-government-officials/).
Appearing on Fox News’ “Hannity” Thursday night, Florida GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz said “there are people who will go to jail.”
“I think that this will not end just with firings. I believe there are people who will go to jail,” Gaetz told host Sean Hannity (https://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2018/01/19/rep_gaetz_people_will_go_to_jail_over_nunes_memo_democrats_afraid_to_release_info.html). “I was very persuaded by the evidence, and it also became clear to me why Chuck Grassley and Lindsey Graham felt it so important to refer this matter for criminal prosecution.”
“The facts contained in this memo are jaw-dropping and demand full transparency. There is no higher priority than the release of this information to preserve our democracy,” continued Gaetz (R-FL), a member of the Judiciary Committee, which oversees the DOJ and the FBI.
At the center of the issue, say Republicans, are admissions of unlawful spying and the “unmasking” of key Trump associates.
“It’s troubling. It is shocking,” Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) said in agreement to Gaetz’s comments. “Part of me wishes that I didn’t read it because I don’t want to believe that those kinds of things could be happening in this country that I call home and love so much.”
Yet another Judiciary Committee member, Rep. Steve King (R-IA), took to Twitter to say what he saw in the memo he found “sickening,” calling it “worse than Watergate.”
“I have read the memo. The sickening reality has set in. I no longer hold out hope there is an innocent explanation for the information the public has seen,” wrote King (https://twitter.com/SteveKingIA/status/954194729511636992). ” I have long said it is worse than Watergate. It was #neverTrump & #alwaysHillary. #releasethememo”.
The revelation caused a near immediate uproar on social media, leading to demands for the memo’s release.
The pressure to do so apparently worked, as the House Intelligence Committee shortly thereafter approved, by a party-line vote, to make the four-page memo available to all members of the lower chamber.
Members were not permitted to take copies of the memo for their own review and were restricted to viewing the document in a special room inside the Capital building.
Democrats were quick to fight back against the memo’s release, calling the document “misleading”.
“[T]he Majority voted today on a party-line basis to grant House Members access to a profoundly misleading set of talking points drafted by Republican staff attacking the FBI and its handling of the investigation,” House Intelligence Committee leader Adam Schiff, (D)-Calif., said in a statement. “Rife with factual inaccuracies and referencing highly classified materials that most of Republican Intelligence Committee members were forced to acknowledge they had never read, this is meant only to give Republican House members a distorted view of the FBI.”
“This may help carry White House water, but it is a deep disservice to our law enforcement professionals,” Schiff added.
Republicans lawmakers, however, say there is no way they are going to allow Democrats to sweep this under the rug.
“What are the Democrats so afraid of,” Goetz countered. “Why don’t they want the American people to know the truth about what was going on with the government, how that impacted the president, his transition, his campaign? And it just seems interesting to me that Democrats don’t want us to know what the entire basis was in the first place for the Mueller probe. They want to drag this out through the midterm elections to try to embarrass this president and distract this Congress from the critical work we have to do to save this great country.”
Meanwhile, Wikileaks, the anti-secrecy website responsible for the leaking of hacked DNC emails during the 2016 election, has offered a $1 million reward to anyone who can provide them with a verified copy.