February 16th, 2021
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Anti-Trump PAC ‘Lincoln Project’ Tangled Further in Sexual Harassment Scandal

The Lincoln Project, a Republican anti-Trump political action committee which has supported Joe Biden for the presidency, has sunk deeper into a sexual harassment scandal involving one of its founding member amid claims that a second minor victim has emerged. The Lincoln Project was founded in 2019 to “combat political forces who see to undermine our democracy – more specifically, Trump and “Trumpism.” Their site explains, "Only defeating so polarizing a character as Trump will allow the country to heal its political and psychological wounds and allow for a new, better path forward for all Americans." The group of Republican leaders spent over $81M to help defeat Trump.
Lincoln Project co-found John Weaver had already been accused by more than 20 young men of sending sexually charged messages.
John Weaver was 1 of 8 Republican co-founders, and was asked to join because of his presidential campaign experience, such as working with John McCain and John Kasich, and his media contacts. Last summer, rumors began circulating that he was gay, which he later admitted to. He left after having a supposed hear attack last summer and never returned. The Lincoln Project released a statement after the new accusations:“John Weaver led a secret life that was built on a foundation of deception at every level. He is a predator, a liar, and an abuser. We extend our deepest sympathies to those who were targeted by his deplorable and predatory behavior. We are disgusted and outraged that someone in a position of power and trust would use it for these means. The totality of his deceptions are beyond anythingany of us could have imagined and we are absolutely shocked and sickened by it. Like so many, we have been betrayed and deceived by John Weaver." They also addressed the issue to their 1.15M+ Facebook page members, who largely appear to continue to show their support for the group's efforts. While some news stories hint leaders were aware of this last summer, there has been no documented proof. Criminal charges related to the scandal may be forthcoming according to Fox News, "Several members of the Lincoln Project have resigned from the organization amid the fallout, including co-founders Steve Schmidt and Jennifer Horn. In addition to what critics describe as shady financial dealings, the Lincoln Project may have also landed in legal trouble after it published private Twitter messages between Horn and a reporter" Possibly against Federal Law.Schmidt wrote that he was resigning his board seat to make room for a female board member appointment as the "first step to reform and professionalize the Lincoln Project. I am not the daily manager of the Lincoln Project, but I am the senior leader...it is my responsibility to set an example and to assume accountability." He apologized to Horn saying "She deserved a leader who could restrain his anger."
One of them is a minor.
A second minor has now said that he was “aggressively” sexually harassed by Weaver, author Ryan Girdusky revealed on Monday speaking in Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle”.

"He doesn't want his name to come forward because he is a minor.
So the allegations....against minors are multiple and there's possibly more to come," Girdusky said.
He claimed to have been in contact with many people alleging they had been sexually harassed by Weaver.
Girdusky even acquired from the second teenager in question correspondence and direct messages on social media said to be from Weaver.
"He promised them jobs and internships in exchange for sexual favors," Girdusky continued.

"Usually John Weaver did this through Twitter, that was how he direct messaged all these kids ...and young men ... so I was able to see the correspondence that they had," he added.

Allegations about sexual harassment by Weaver have rocked the anti-Trump super PAC since they surfaced last month.

According to reports, its leaders may have been made aware about misconduct as early as June 2020, despite claiming no knowledge.
 Several key members of the Lincoln Project, including co-founders Jennifer Horn and Steve Schmidt, have resigned since then.According to The Hill, "Wilson, in another ridiculous defense, blamed "Trump world" for a report by that MAGA-loving news organization called The Associated Press. " "Another day, another hit story from Trump world," Wilson claimed before the pivot to end all pivots. "I know y'all would like to ignore the mounting evidence of Trump ordering a murderous mob to attack the Capitol, but you can't." That's how credibility dies
On Monday, the Lincoln Project announced it had hired a firm to conduct “a comprehensive review of our operations and culture”, and that it had released former and current staff from confidentiality agreements.
Additional financial scandals have also been revealed by the close scrutiny as the so-called "Republican" Anti-Trump lobby implodes. In the same shattering AP story, that described donations drying up, the question is raised. Where has the money been going? "Of the $90 million Lincoln Project has raised, more than $50 million has gone to firms controlled by the group’s leaders," reported the AP. There is seemingly more corruption hidden here.The AP reported that "Public records reveal that the unexpected success of the Lincoln Project has extended a lifeline to some founders who have spent much of the past decade under financial distress." Attorney Brendon Fisher told the AP, “Generally speaking, you’d expect to see a major super PAC spend a majority or more of their money on advertisements and that’s not what happened here.” Where did the money go?
According to another co-founder and veteran lawyer, George Conway, so far, the PAC’s responses about the John Weaver scandal have “been a little squishy."

Conway expressed dismay that the hard work of the group’s employees trying to defeat Donlad Trump in the last election has been “blemished” and “undermined” by the scandal.


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