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Scoop: FBI Investigating Allegations Against Lincoln Project’s John Weaver, Sources Say
The FBI is investigating allegations against longtime GOP political consultant and Lincoln Project co-founder John Weaver, according to two sources who said they were contacted by FBI agents. Those sources told me the agents inquired whether Weaver ever touched them inappropriately or sent or requested sexually explicit material when they were underage.
The FBI asking potential witnesses about allegations of illegal conduct does not necessarily mean that someone is the subject or a target of a federal investigation. It’s also unclear what the scope of the FBI’s inquiry is; the sources who spoke to me said the questions they were asked were narrow in scope.
Weaver, a Republican strategist who helped form the anti-Trump Lincoln Project, has been accused by dozens of men of behaving inappropriately toward them. So far, the stories that have been shared publicly focus on men who accuse Weaver of online harassment and promising employment opportunities in exchange for sex.
Emails to the Justice Department and Weaver asking for comment have not yet been answered.
A third story in The New York Times revealed that 21 men accused Weaver of online harassment. The allegations included Weaver asking a 14-year-old boy about his body.
In a statement sent to The New York Times and other publications last month, Weaver said of the allegations of online harassment: “I am so disheartened and sad that I may have brought discomfort to anyone in what I thought at the time were mutually consensual discussions. In living a deeply closeted life, I allowed my pain to cause pain for others. For that I am truly sorry to these men and everyone and for letting so many people down.”
This is a developing story… check back for updates.