Jennifer Horn, a former member and co-founder of The Lincoln Project, is alleging that the organization published screenshots of private messages from her on Twitter. She notified the social media platform that she did not give her permission to do so.
The Lincoln Project was slammed for the action and potential legal ramifications are also a possibility. The group later deleted the Twitter thread just hours after it was revealed that The Lincoln Project supposedly knew about co-founder John Weaver’s sexual misconduct allegations last summer.
Those accusations were discussed by group leaders via phone conversations last June and August. They did not become public until January, according to The Associated Press.
This is one more chapter in the battle between Horn and The Lincoln Project that is surfacing after disgraced co-founder John Weaver left the group amid sexual misconduct allegations. Horn departed the group after issuing a statement that she found Weaver’s actions abhorrent. The Lincoln Project then accused her of leaving for other reasons having to do with financial gain.
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The private messages that Horn exchanged with The 19th News correspondent Amanda Becker seem to be at the heart of the matter. Thursday evening, The Lincoln Project appeared to ratchet things up by releasing screenshots on Twitter of those messages.
“Earlier this evening, we became aware that @AmandaBecker of @19thnews was preparing to publish a smear job on the Lincoln Project with the help of @NHJennifer,” the Lincoln Project tweeted. “You hear a lot of talk about hit-jobs in journalism, but rarely do you get to see their origin story. Enjoy.”
George Conway, another co-founder of the group who has parted ways with them, decried the posting of Horn’s messages in a tweet.
“This looks on its face to be a violation of federal law and should be taken down immediately,” Conway warned.
This looks on its face to be a violation of federal law and should be taken down immediately. https://t.co/7IlMjiAIpl
— George Conway (@gtconway3d) February 12, 2021
He also denied via Twitter knowing about the allegations against Weaver last summer:
“No one ever told me of these complaints being made to the Lincoln project, and the first I ever heard that Weaver may have done anything questionable were rumors I heard well after the election, and long after I ceased active involvement with the organization,” Conway wrote. “I am disappointed in the handling of Weaver, if this report is accurate, and hope it does not detract from the fine work that so many people did on behalf of the Lincoln Project to help rid the country of the scourge of Donald Trump.”
Horn proceeded to tweet out to the social media platform that she did not give her permission for The Lincoln Project to post her private DMs.
“Hey @Twitter @jack @TwitterSupport I did not give consent,” Horn stated.
— Jennifer Horn (@NHJennifer) February 12, 2021
No one seems to know exactly how The Lincoln Project got hold of Horn’s private messages or whether they obtained access to her Twitter account.
Social media melted down over the development.
Author Ryan James Girdusky, who broke the story on Weaver and has been at the forefront of the Lincoln Project scandal, tweeted that the Lincoln Project “is on a full meltdown.”
They deleted this right after George Conway tweeted this.
The Lincoln Project is on a full meltdown pic.twitter.com/EvUrADeBAb
— Ryan James Girdusky (@RyanGirdusky) February 12, 2021
“This is legitimately outrageous,” Tablet Magazine associate editor Noah Blum blasted the actions of the group.
The founder and CEO of The 19th News, Emily Ramshaw, was furious over the incident, tweeting: “Several minutes ago, @ProjectLincoln posted a series of screenshots of private Twitter DMs showing reporting by one of our journalists — not long after she sent @ProjectLincoln a series of questions to respond to for a story… “We’re not going to be bullied or intimidated out of pursuing critical journalism.”
The AP is also reporting that as of Thursday, The Lincoln Project’s “board had decided to “retain a best-in-class outside professional” to review Weaver’s tenure “to establish both accountability and best practices going forward for The Lincoln Project.”’
The beleaguered group is stating that any person bound by a non-disclosure agreement should “contact the Lincoln Project for a release.” This comes as a number of former employees are now claiming they are being forced to go public because they “do not feel safe” communicating with the group’s leadership.
The group’s financial dealings are also curious. Since its inception, the group has reportedly raised $90 million, $27 million ostensibly went towards advertising. But that does not account for tens of millions of dollars that went toward purported production costs, overhead, and huge consulting fees charged by members of the group.
The Lincoln Project released a statement claiming that the stories about them were “filled with inaccuracies and incorrect information.” But they admitted: “There is a central truth in all of them that must be reckoned with and that is John Weaver’s appalling conduct and the abuse he inflicted on people.”
The Lincoln Project today released the following statement. pic.twitter.com/pGl6WJCQhD
— The Lincoln Project (@ProjectLincoln) February 12, 2021
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