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Rick Wilson: People Saying Lincoln Project Knew About Weaver Are ‘Putting Themselves In Jeopardy’

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Michael Ginsberg General Assignment Reporter
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Lincoln Project co-founder Rick Wilson denied knowing about the sexual harassment allegations against his former colleague John Weaver and appeared to threaten legal action against people suggesting otherwise.

The folks who are accusing us of awareness of this are sick. They are in fact putting themselves in jeopardy,” Wilson said at the 1:07:45 mark of an episode of The Breakdown, which he co-hosts with Tara Setmayer. The episode aired on Twitter Broadcast on Feb. 2.

Setmayer was listed as a Lincoln Project senior advisor as recently as Jan. 14, but the Lincoln Project has since removed a webpage titled “Our Team.” She continues to list herself as senior adviser to the Lincoln Project on her LinkedIn page. Setmayer is also a political commentator on CNN.

The sexual misconduct claims against Weaver were considered to be somewhat of an open secret in the Washington political world. Karl Rove told Fox News that he became aware of the allegations against Weaver in 1988.

Wilson and his fellow Lincoln Project co-founders Steve Schmidt and George Conway appeared on MSNBC 17 times between Jan. 11, when The American Conservative’s Ryan Girdusky first reported on the allegations, and Jan. 31, when the New York Times reported that Weaver had messaged with a minor via Twitter. Conway first commented on the allegations on MSNBC’s Morning Joe on Feb. 1, calling them “terrible, and awful, and appalling.”

Wilson did not immediately respond to the Daily Caller’s request for comment.