The names and addresses of Sen. Cory Gardner’s family members were publicly shared online, and his wife was sent a text with a video attached, which showed a graphic beheading,Â his office confirmed to USA TODAY Sunday.Â Â
It is not clear if the text and release of personal information were related, or if they were tied to Gardner’s vote in favor of confirming Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.
The story was first reported by Fox News. Gardner spokesman Casey Contres confirmed to USA TODAY that all of the details in a tweet from Fox News reporter Chad Pergram summarizing the story were accurate. Contres did not offer any further details.Â
Amid Kavanaugh furor threats to mbrs, Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) tells Fox that his wife received a text with a video attachment showing a gruesome beheading. Someone has has also released the names of and addresses of his family members.
â€” Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) October 7, 2018
Several Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee had their private information made publicÂ â€“ an act known as “doxxing” â€“Â in recent weeks.
Jackson A. Cosko, 27, was arrested last week for allegedly doxxing Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., Mike Lee, R-Utah, and Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, by publishing their names and addresses on Wikipedia. Cosko, a former aide to Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, faces several charges, including “making public restricted personal information” and “unauthorized access to a government computer.”
Gardner is not a member of the Judiciary Committee, but he was sent an anonymousÂ letter alleging Kavanaugh shoved a woman against a wall in Washington, D.C., while he was drunk in 1998.Â
Kavanaugh, who was questioned about the allegationÂ by Judiciary Committee investigators, called it “total Twilight Zone.'”
“We’re dealing with an anonymous letter about an anonymous person and an anonymous friend,” he told the committee leadership in a telephone call. “It’s ridiculous.”