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On Thursday night, an unknown individual with a House of Representatives IP address published the cell numbers and home addresses of multiple Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee.

The Twitter account @CongressEdits takes a screenshot every time any member of Congress’ Wikipedia page is edited. And shortly after Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) blew up at his Democratic colleagues on the committee over the sexual assault allegations against Brett Kavanaugh, the account took note of a House IP editing his Wikipedia page to include his personal cell number, senate e-mail address, and his home addresses in both Washington, DC and South Carolina.

In addition to Sen. Graham, Senators Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Mike Lee (R-Utah) also had their Wikipedia pages edited to include their personal contact information.

In a statement, the U.S. Capitol Police said that they were aware of the doxxing, and a staffer for Sen. Hatch condemned the doxxing as putting “Judiciary Committee Republicans and their families in danger.” Though according to Gizmodo, much of the personal information that was published on Wikipedia is easily available and can be found on campaign records available to the public.

It’s not yet known who made the edits, though as Splinter News reported, there is speculation on Twitter that a left-leaning Congressional intern in the House of Representatives was the one responsible.

The Judiciary Committee will be voting Friday on Kavanaugh’s confirmation, where he is expected to be approved on a party-line vote. His fate is a little less certain in the full senate, with Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) not yet fully committing to a “yea” vote. If one of them votes no, and assuming all Senate Democrats also vote no, Vice President Mike Pence could be called in to cast the tiebreaker vote.

 

Tom Cahill is a contributor for Grit Post who covers political and economic news. He lives in Bend, Oregon. Send him an email at tom DOT v DOT cahill AT gmail DOT com.

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