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2019-04-27 13:03:09

 

The NRA attacked Pulse survivors but they may not survive this scandal

Last week, The New Yorker published a blistering exposé of corruption at the National Rifle Association (NRA) accusing the gun manufacturer lobby of widespread corruption and financial mismanagement to the tune of $40 million. This week the group faces even more scandal as its CEO Wayne LaPierre has accused its President Oliver North of extortion and a group has filed a lawsuit accusing the NRA of illegally donating “up to 9,259 times the limit” to Trump’s presidential campaign.

Right now, the organization is hosting the 148th NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits at which President Trump promised to exit a international arms treaty and someone threw a phone at him. In the background of the meeting though are reports of North threatening to extort LaPierre.

The New York Times reports:

Mr. North asked Mr. LaPierre to resign on Wednesday, according to documents reviewed by The New York Times. He said he had also created a committee to review allegations of financial improprieties that threaten the N.R.A.’s status as a nonprofit organization. But Mr. LaPierre, in a stinging letter sent on Thursday night to the N.R.A.’s board, accused Mr. North of threatening to leak damaging information about him and other N.R.A. executives unless he stepped down. “Yesterday evening, I was forced to confront one of those defining choices — styled, in the parlance of extortionists — as an offer I couldn’t refuse,” Mr. LaPierre wrote. “I refused it.”

Related: It’s time designate the NRA a domestic terrorist organization

North actually announced this morning that he will step down as president at the end of his current term.

 

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