Lincoln Project co-founder Steve Schmidt is preparing to step down from the anti-Trump media group, according to reports. He is said to have informed staffers late Friday, just a day after he was singled out in an open letter from former employees who accused the group of mishandling sexual harassment allegations and attacking those who tried to speak out.
The group has plunged into turmoil following reports that top leadership was aware of sexual harassment allegations against co-founder John Weaver as early as last summer, long before the allegations became public in January.
Following the reports by the Associated Press, New York magazine, and The New York Times, Lincoln Project senior adviser Kurt Bardella and conservative commentator Tom Nichols, who served as an unpaid adviser, announced their exits from the group earlier Friday. CNBC also reports that several donors to the group are considering stopping all financial contributions pending the outcome of an outside investigation.
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