Lincoln Project co-founder Steve Schmidt has resigned from the Anti-Trump group, following a series of sexual misconduct allegations against co-founder John Weaver. According to Axios, as a result of the FBI investigation into Weaver, major donors have opted to ditch the group, leading to Schmidt doing so himself.
Schmidt provided a full statement to journalist Miranda Green:
As reported earlier, several wealthy donors are said to be considering dropping their support entirely, due to the investigation into the alleged harassment of several young men by John Weaver. These backers declined to be named, but contribute a decisive amount of money to the group. The group had allegedly raised $87 million and was looking to even start a new media business. All of that has now come to a halt.
Steve Schmidt was one of few Republican operatives who opposed President Trump and sided with the Democrats in order to defeat him. He has been an aide to President George W. Bush and the late Arizona Senator John McCain.
It remains to be seen whether his exit will spell the end of the organization.