The firm hired by The Lincoln Project to investigate sexual harassment allegations against co-founder John Weaver donated to the organization during the 2020 election cycle.
The Lincoln Project’s co-founder is currently under investigation by the FBI after allegations surfaced of Weaver’s inappropriate involvement with more than twenty young men, including minors. A few of these allegations against the co-founder include; sending sexually explicit text messages, engaging in “grooming” behavior, and soliciting them for sex in exchange for a future career in politics.
The Lincoln Project announced Monday in a statement on twitter that they have retained the law firm of Paul Hastings to help with internal investigations into the allegations against John Weaver.
The total amount donated by lawyers at Paul Hastings came to a total amount of $6,243.50, according to FEC filings.
The largest donations to The Lincoln Project during the 2020 election cycle were from Attorney Gregory Nitzkowski, who made six contributions of $500 between July 2020 and October 2020.
Paul Hastings’ Elena Baca made seven different donations to The Lincoln Project between December 2019 and November 2020, totaling $1,943.50. The FEC filing indicates that three other attorneys with the law firm of Paul Hastings collectively donated $1,300 to the anti-Trump PAC.
The Lincoln Project is no longer accepting donations on its website amid the turmoil. Late Monday night, the Lincoln Project released a statement on Twitter that indicated former Lincoln Project employees and staff will no longer be bound to non-disclosure agreements, granting them approval to speak freely on the allegations against co-founder John Weaver.
"We are releasing staff and former staff from the confidentially provisions in their agreements to discuss their workplace environment," the statement read. "Based on the findings of this review we will take all the necessary actions to correct any issues or deficiencies that are identified."
On Thursday of last week, six former Lincoln Project employees spoke out in a letter obtained by The New York Times demanding they no longer be held to the terms of their nondisclosure agreements, so that they could reveal what they know about the allegations about Weaver.
Despite allegations against Weaver coming forward as early as June 2020, The Lincoln Project denied knowing about the allegations until late-January of this year.
A second minor came forward Monday night with new allegations against The Lincoln Project co-founder.