veteran Republican strategist Steve Schmidt, one of the faces of what is known as the Never Trump movement, announced on Friday that he has resigned from the Lincoln Project’s board of directors

The move comes after a tumultuous week of revelations that the organization, an influential critic of former President Donald Trump, knew of allegations of sexual harassment by one of its co-founders for several months before publicly acknowledging it

Schmidt made the announcement in a long post on Twitter where he wrote a personal report of sexual abuse by a Boy Scout medic, a year-long battle with depression, and an apology for posting the private messages of a former Lincoln Project official per day published earlier

“I am stepping down from my seat on the Lincoln Project Board to make room for the appointment of a female board member as a first step in reforming and professionalizing the Lincoln Project,” wrote Schmidt

Spiraling misconduct allegations have shaken the well-funded Super-PAC for the past 48 hours, raising existential questions about the organization’s future while its message was undercut in a bad time after the Lincoln Project’s long battle against Trump Having claimed moral superiority, it is pressuring Senate Republicans to try the former president in impeachment this week

The Lincoln Project also played an important role in getting Republican-friendly companies to stop donating money to Trump’s Republican allies in Congress

Schmidt’s testimony came less than an hour after an attorney for former Lincoln Project officials, Jennifer Horn, sent a message to Lincoln Project attorney informing them that they were anticipating documents and notices Should keep on litigation

In his statement, Schmidt admitted that he had played a role in the publication of a series of private messages between Horn and a reporter the night before

“I’m not the day-to-day manager of the Lincoln Project, but I’m the chief executive. As an officer, my responsibility is to set an example and take responsibility,” he wrote

“I want to apologize to Jennifer Horn,” he continued. “She deserved better of me. She deserved a leader who could hold back his anger”

While stepping down from the four-member board of directors, Schmidt is expected to keep a role on the Lincoln Project, his statement was not about what he or any other executive might have known about co-founder John Weaver’s misconduct before it ended was released last month

Last June, senior executives were notified in writing and on subsequent phone calls of at least 10 specific harassment allegations against Weaver, including two involving Lincoln Project employees, according to several people with direct knowledge of the situation. Mail and phone calls raised questions about the Lincoln Project’s testimony last month that it was “shocked” when public allegations surfaced this year

The organization announced Thursday night, after the Associated Press reported the new details, that its board had decided to “retain a top-notch outside professional” to review Weaver’s tenure, “for both accountability and accountability Review the best practices forward for the Lincoln Project ”

The Lincoln Project was launched in November 2019 and quickly became a strong player in the political struggle against Trump and his allies in Congress

Since its inception, the organization has raised $ 90 million but only about a third of the money, about $ 27 million, was paid directly for advertising, according to an analysis of campaign funding and data from ad tracking firm Kantar / which aired and aired online or appeared online during the 2020 campaign CMAG

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