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Lincoln Project founders were aware of sexual harassment allegations against Weaver as early as March: Report

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Lincoln Project leaders were aware of sexual harassment allegations against co-founder John Weaver as early as March, sources told The 19th Monday.

Weaver has been accused of sexually harassing more than a dozen men, including some connected to the Lincoln Project.

The Lincoln Project announced Monday they would be releasing current and former workers from their nondisclosure agreements to discuss the “workplace environment.”

Multiple individuals began coming forward to discuss the accusations against Weaver and the timeline in which they occurred.

The individuals claim that Lincoln Project co-founders were aware of the accusations against Weaver much earlier than they had alleged.

Lincoln Project co-founder Steve Schmidt previously said that he had not known of Weaver’s behavior until last month. However, the individuals who came forward provided a timeline that contradict Schmidt’s claim. They allege that Schmidt knew months earlier than June 2020.

Several said Sarah Lenti, managing partner of The Lincoln Project and previous executive director, knew about the allegations against Weaver as early as May 2020. Lenti confirmed that some of the group’s co-founders knew about the allegations as early as March 2020.

Schmidt resigned abruptly from the Lincoln Project’s board Friday after taking responsibility for publishing — and then reportedly quickly deleted — private conversations between 19th News correspondent Amanda Becker and co-founder Jennifer Horn on Twitter.

Horn asked the Lincoln Project to release its workers from their nondisclosure agreements and resigned earlier this month after learning the full extent of the allegations against Weaver.

The Lincoln Project has hired the law firm Paul Hastings to conduct a “comprehensive review of our operations and culture.”

The Lincoln Project released a statement Monday saying they will take all necessary action to correct any issues or deficiencies that are identified by the Paul Hastings law firm.

However, Becker uncovered that several lawyers at Paul Hastings law firm contributed thousands of dollars to the Lincoln Project during the 2020 election cycle.

Follow Annaliese Levy on Twitter @AnnalieseLevy

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Biden frees Venezuelan President Maduro’s drug dealing relatives in prisoner swap

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President Biden freed two of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s relatives Saturday in exchange for seven jailed Americans. The two nephews of Maduro’s wife Cilia Flores, had been convicted in the United States for drug dealing and sentenced to 18 years in prison, according to the BBC.

According to the report, the swap was in exchange for five American oil executives. Those Americans were “exchanged for two of Mr Maduro’s wife’s nephews, who were serving 18-year sentences in the US on drug charges,” the officials told the BBC. Maduro’s nephews were convicted under the Trump administration and the Venezuelan government claims that they were “unjustly” jailed in the United States.

In a statement from the White House Saturday, Biden said the American’s were  “wrongfully detained.”  He said the American’s  would soon be reunited with their relatives, according to reports.

“Today, we celebrate that seven families will be whole once more. To all the families who are still suffering and separated from their loved ones who are wrongfully detained – know that we remain dedicated to securing their release,” the Biden statement added.

Meanwhile, 13 Republican members of Congress sent a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, requesting more information on “the intelligence report” that alleges Maduro is emptying his prisons and allowing them to head to the United States in the caravans that crossing the porous border.

The letter states that the report warns Border Patrol agents to be on the look-out for “violent criminals from Venezuela among the migrant caravans heading towards the U.S.-Mexico border.”

“It has been widely reported that the Venezuelan regime, under the control of Nicolás Maduro Moros, is deliberately releasing violent prisoners early, including inmates convicted of ‘murder, rape, and extortion,’ and pushing them to join caravans heading to the United States,” the letter states.

You can follow Sara A. Carter on Twitter @SaraCarterDC.

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