John McCain (L), Senator and Republican President of U.S. Arizona, reviews some documents with campaign advisor John Weaver (R) as he flies Virginia Beach to Bismarck, North Dakota Jan. February 2000 (ROBERTO SCHMIDT / AFP via Getty Images

The Lincoln Project responded Sunday to growing allegations against co-founder John Weaver, who was accused of molesting several young men online. A New York Times article published earlier in the day reported that 21 men said the 61-year-old was made them sexual overtures and sometimes even offered to help them find work in politics

“John Weaver led a secret life built on a foundation of delusion on all levels. He is a predator, a liar and a perpetrator. We express our deepest condolences to those who have been affected by his deplorable and predatory behavior” said the Lincoln Project in a statement

The New York Times reported that Weaver sent unsolicited and sexually provocative messages to young men online, often telling them that he could help them get jobs in politics. One was allegedly only 14 years old at the time

Weaver, a former adjutant to prominent Republicans including the former Ohio government John Kasich and the late Sen. John McCain is one of the anti-Trump Republicans who helped found the Lincoln Project, a so-called group of “committed Americans who protect democracy” “

The New York Times reported that those in charge of the Lincoln Project were only aware of allegations against Weaver earlier this month when a magazine article and open letter on Twitter accused Weaver of grooming young men online

Weaver then reportedly issued a statement posted on Axios apologizing and confirming that “inappropriate” messages were being sent on his behalf. He also said he has and has not been on vacation from the Lincoln Project since last summer would return to the organization

The New York Times reported that none of the alleged messages from Weaver resulted in physical encounters, except in a consensual case, and that none of the men had accused Weaver of unlawful conduct

“Rather, many of them described feeling persecuted by an influential older man in the field they wanted to work in and believed they had to accept his repeated messages or lose a job opportunity,” the reported New York Times

“We are disgusted and outraged that someone in a position of power and trust would use it for these resources,” the Lincoln Project statement went on

“The entirety of his delusions is beyond anything any of us could have imagined, and we are utterly shocked and sick about it. Like so many we were betrayed and deceived by John Weaver We are indescribably grateful to John Weaver at no point in the physical presence of a member of the Lincoln Project was “

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