During the past week, several men have alleged on social media that Weaver sent them unsolicited and sexually suggestive messages, sometimes coupled with offers of employment or political advancement.
Some two dozen men have claimed Weaver dangled job opportunities while propositioning them for sex, including one who claimed he had consensual intercourse with the longtime GOP operative in a hotel, but never got a gig out of it, the American Conservative reported.
Others note that Weaver slid into their direct messages on Twitter, referred to them as “my boy,” complimented their hair or asked about their genitals.
The married Weaver took a medical leave from the Lincoln Project over the summer, but announced in a Friday statement to Axios he would not be returning. “The project's defense of the Republic and fight for democracy is vital,” he said. Weaver could not be immediately reached.
“For far too long I’ve tried to live a life that wasn’t completely true,” he wrote in the statement.
“I was lying to myself, to my family who gave me nothing but unconditional love, and to others, causing a great deal of pain to all.
“The truth is that I am gay. And I have a wife and two kids whom I love. My inability to reconcile those two truths has led to this agonizing place,” he wrote.
Weaver said he truthfully viewed the exchanges as “consensual mutual conversations.”
“To the men I made uncomfortable through my messages that I viewed as consensual mutual conversations at the time: I am truly sorry. They were inappropriate and it was because of my failings that this discomfort was brought on you,” Weaver said.
“While I am taking full responsibility for the inappropriate messages and conversations,” Weaver wrote, “I want to state clearly that the other smears being leveled at me ... are categorically false and outrageous.” He added.
A spokesman for the Lincoln Project said, "John's statement speaks for itself."
The longtime GOP operative had been a political strategist for George H.W. Bush, John McCain and John Kasich.
Before the Lincoln Project, Weaver was a top adviser to leading Republicans including John McCain and John Kasich. Amid Donald Trump’s political ascendance, he became one of the most prominent members of the so-called “Never Trump” movement.
Lincoln Project co-founder Rick Wilson did not immediately comment when reached by The Post.