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Report Details Sexual Misconduct Allegations Against Lincoln Project Co-Founder


Leaders of The Lincoln Mission, a conservative political motion committee that opposes Donald Trump, denounced co-founder John Weaver on Sunday after a New York Occasions report revealed undesirable, sexually provocative messages he despatched to a number of younger males, generally alongside gives {of professional} favors. 

Weaver, a former presidential marketing campaign adviser to the late Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) and former Ohio Gov. John Kasich, has turn out to be a outstanding voice within the small-yet-vocal motion of anti-Trump conservatives in recent times.

Steve Schmidt, a fellow co-founder and public face of The Lincoln Mission, mentioned in an interview with the Occasions that the group was “outraged and horrified” to study of Weaver’s habits.

Weaver despatched undesirable sexual messages to not less than 21 younger males, the Occasions reported. His accusers started sharing their experiences publicly in mid-January, by means of articles and social media posts condemning his “predatory” actions. When the information first broke, Weaver had been on medical go away since final summer time, and he introduced he wouldn’t be returning to work for The Lincoln Mission. 

“To the men I made uncomfortable through my messages that I viewed as consensual conversations at the time: I am truly sorry. They were inappropriate and it was because of my failings that this discomfort was brought on you,” Weaver mentioned in a Jan. 15 assertion. Weaver is married with two kids. 

The New York Occasions report consists of extra element in regards to the allegations than was beforehand recognized. The exchanges with younger males, for instance, included soliciting a highschool scholar Weaver first met on-line in 2015, when the coed was 14 years outdated and within the Republican Get together. Cole Trickle Miele, now 19, informed the Occasions that Weaver made undesirable feedback about his physique earlier than he turned 18, and he mentioned Weaver despatched sexually suggestive messages as just lately as March 2020. 

“I want to come to Vegas and take you to dinner and drinks and spoil you!!” Weaver mentioned in a single message from final yr, when Miele was 18, in line with the Occasions. In a follow-up message, he reportedly requested for Miele’s measurements: “Hey my boy! resend me your stats! or I can guess! if that is easier or more fun!”

A number of accusers allege Weaver tried to take advantage of his position as co-founder of The Lincoln Mission to earn sexual favors. The Occasions report discovered the previous marketing campaign staffer supplied younger males work and particularly mentioned their potential employment whereas sending suggestive messages in not less than two instances. 

In a single occasion, the report discovered Weaver informed a younger man taken with working for the group to “post a thirst trap” or ship him an image earlier than inviting the younger man to name him. 

Responding to Sunday’s report, Weaver echoed his earlier apology, telling the Occasions he’s “sad that I may have brought discomfort to anyone in what I thought at the time were mutually consensual discussions.”

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