Yeah, Maca, it struck me that you're occupying a tough spot in this situation. I admire you immensely for stepping into your responsibility to LR.
As far as the workplace cabal goes, I have no doubt that you are smarter and more determined than any of them.
I suppose one difficulty is that I would see the goal as making permanent changes in certain people's opinions. That's not a job that can be accomplished by force, perhaps. But you're there and I ain't, so you and LR are the ones who will know.
No need to say you're sorry for anything you've written. It makes sense and needed to be said.