Lincoln Project co-founder Steve Schmidt is stepping down from its board as scandals proceed to mount in opposition to the anti-Trump super PAC.
The veteran Republican operative’s departure comes after different leaders at the big-money political motion committee accused him of fumbling sexual harassment allegations in opposition to one other co-founder, in keeping with Axios.
Leaders at the Lincoln Project — greatest recognized for elevating tens of millions to fund the GOP “By no means Trump” motion — had been reportedly knowledgeable in writing and telephone calls of at least 10 particular allegations of harassment in opposition to John Weaver as early as June.
Former staff declare that Schmidt and others throughout the Lincoln Project knew concerning the sexual intimidation, together with claims from some two dozen males that the previous President George H.W. Bush adviser tried to seduce them with potential job alternatives whereas propositioning them for intercourse.
Two former interns have come ahead with lurid messages Weaver allegedly despatched them in an try to solicit sexual favors in alternate for skilled development.
In fixed creepy exchanges over textual content message and telephone calls, Weaver repeatedly talked about sexual acts and innuendo, the interns advised New York Journal.
Weaver — who’s married with kids — stepped down final month, saying he had been struggling to just accept his sexuality.
The Lincoln Project had introduced plans late Thursday to launch an exterior probe into Weaver’s tenure.
Schmidt additionally repeated his declare that leaders by no means conscious of inside allegations involving Weaver, simply hours earlier than stepping down from the conservative super PAC.
“No Lincoln Project worker, intern, or contractors ever made an allegation of inappropriate communication about John Weaver that will have triggered an investigation by HR or by an outdoor employment counsel,” Schmidt advised the Related Press on Wednesday, two days earlier than stepping down.
“In different phrases, no human being ever made an allegation about any inappropriate sexualized communications about John Weaver ever.”
By Friday evening, three different Lincoln Project associates had reduce ties with the corporate.
Spokesman Kurt Bardella, video host Nayyera Haq and unpaid adviser Tom Nichols all stepped down from Lincoln Project, Axios reported.
The Lincoln Project raised greater than $90 million since its creation in 2019, however greater than half of that was spent on consulting firms.
With AP wires