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Republican senators’ personal information circulates online amid Kavanaugh testimony
The personal information of at least three Republican senators was posted to their Wikipedia pages and circulated on Twitter as they sat through Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s testimony on Thursday, Gizmodo reports.
The information included cellphone numbers, personal email addresses, and home addresses of Senators Mike Lee (R-Utah), Orin Hatch (R-Utah), and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.). According to Gizmodo, some of the information is publicly available. The phone numbers, two of which Gizmodo independently verified as belonging to the senators, are not publicly listed.
Lee, Graham, and Hatch are all members of the the Senate Judiciary Committee, which questioned both Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, the professor who has accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault, during a nine-hour hearing on Thursday.
Hatch’s communications director, Matt Whitlock, confirmed to Politico that the personal information posted for the lawmaker was accurate.
“Senator Hatch and a number of other Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee were targeted after they questioned Judge Kavanaugh,” Whitlock told Gizmodo. “It’s alarming that anyone would want to put Judiciary Committee Republicans and their families in danger.”
Politico reports that according to a Twitter bot, the changes to the senators’ Wikipedia pages came from a computer located on Capitol Hill, but the origin of the edits was not independently verified. The Wikipedia additions have since been removed.
White House spokesperson Raj Shah tweeted that the doxing was “outrageous” and implored the user or users responsible to “please stop.”
This is outrageous. Please stop https://t.co/kkByAg49qs
— Raj Shah (@RajShah45) September 27, 2018
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Kris Seavers is the Evening Editor for the Daily Dot, where she covers breaking news, politics, and LGBTQ issues. Her work has appeared in Central Texas publications, including Austin Monthly and San Antonio Magazine, and on NPR.