“I remember a 14-year-old kid interested in politics and a half-starstroke entangled in a conversation with me by John Weaver,” met Mr. Trickle, now 19 years old. At the time, he had supported the Republican Party and was an admirer of Mr. Kasich, the governor of Ohio, who was helping Mr. Weaver prepare to join the presidential race.
But as the messages kept coming, she became uncomfortable.
In June 2018, Mr. Weaver asked, “Are you still in HS?” – Referring to high school – and Mr. Trickle Miley said he was, and he would turn 18 next spring. “You look big,” Mr. Weaver replied. “You’re tall.”
In March 2020, when Mr. Trickle met 18 years old, Mr. Weaver wrote, “I want to come to Vegas and take you to dinner and drinks and spoil you !!” And used a word in a follow-up message. Sexual banquet refers to a person’s body: “Oh my boy! Resend me your stats! Or I can guess! If it’s easier or more fun! “
Mr. Weaver, in response to questions asked about specific allegations, reiterated his statement earlier this month, saying: “I am so disappointed and sad that I can bring discomfort to anyone who I thought at the time That was discussed by mutual consent. In living a deeply closed life, I allowed my pain to cause pain for others. For this I feel really sorry for these men and all and so many people To disappoint. “
Mr. Weaver was one of a handful of Republican operatives who formed the Lincoln Project because, he said, he considered Mr. Trump a threat to the country. With advertisements often going viral, the group became a highly visible rival for the Trump presidency.
Mr. Schmidt said in an interview that Lincoln Project did not have an office when Mr. Weaver was involved, so the founders and employees were not together. He said the group was “angry and frightened” to learn of Mr Weaver’s behavior.
Last year, when Cody Brault was a recent college graduate looking for a job in politics, he responded to a tweet from Mr. Weaver and, to his surprise, he received a direct message. Mr. Weaver said that he sometimes went to Chicago, he talked politics at the meeting; At one point Mr. Weaver asked what Mr. Brault did in his spare time.