“I remember being a 14-year-old with an interest in politics and being half impressed by John Weaver talking to me,” said 19-year-old Trickle Miele. He was a supporter of the Republican Party at the time and was also a fan of Mr. Kasich, the governor of Ohio, whom Mr. Weaver assisted in preparing to take part in the presidential race.
But when the news kept coming back, he felt uncomfortable.
In June 2018, Mr. Weaver asked, “Are you still in HS?” – regarding high school – and Mr. Trickle Miele said it was and that he would be 18 next spring. “You look older,” replied Mr. Weaver. “You got bigger.”
In March 2020 when Mr. Trickle Miele was 18 years old, Mr. Weaver wrote: “I want to come to Vegas and take you to dinner and drinks and pamper you !!” In a follow-up message a term was used which in Sexual Jokes refers to one’s own body: “Hey my boy! send me your statistics! or I can guess! if that’s easier or more fun! “
In response to questions about certain allegations, Mr. Weaver reiterated his testimony earlier this month and said, “I am so discouraged and sad that I may have made someone uncomfortable, which I thought were friendly discussions at the time. In a deeply closed life, I let my pain cause pain to others. I really feel sorry for these men and everyone and for abandoning so many people. “
Mr. Weaver was one of the few seasoned Republican activists who started the Lincoln Project because they viewed Mr. Trump as a threat to the country. With derisive advertisements that often went viral, the group became a widely visible opponent of the Trump presidency.
Mr Schmidt said in an interview that the Lincoln Project had no office when Mr Weaver was involved, so the founders and staff were not together. He said the group were “outraged and appalled” when they learned of Mr. Weaver’s behavior.
Last year when Cody Bralts was a college grad looking for a job in politics, he replied to one of Mr. Weaver’s tweets and, to his surprise, received a direct message from him. After Mr. Weaver said he went to Chicago sometimes, they discussed meetings to talk about politics. Once, Mr. Weaver asked what Mr. Bralts was doing in his spare time.