Published: Mon, April 29, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

New York Is Investigating the NRA's Finances

New York Is Investigating the NRA's Finances

The National Rifle Association's annual convention was consumed by infighting on Saturday, after its president, Oliver North, was ousted a week after a joint investigation by The Trace and The New Yorker exposed hundreds of millions of dollars in questionable payments to NRA executives, contractors, and vendors.

He was not at the members meeting when the announcement was made in a letter read by NRA First Vice President Richard Childress. "I'm now informed that will not happen".

LaPierre said that North told him that the group's longtime advertising firm Ackerman McQueen would send a letter that would be "bad" for him if he did not "abruptly resign", but that the letter would not be sent if he did. The letter was published by The Wall Street Journal on Friday.

"I believe the objective of the letter was to humiliate me, discredit our Association, and raise appearances of impropriety that hurt our members and the Second Amendment", LaPierre wrote in the letter, which was first reported by the Wall Street Journal.

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA - APRIL 26: NRA President Oliver North speaks at the NRA-ILA Leadership Forum at the 148th NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits on April 26, 2019 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

North was a controversial figure in the NRA because of his involvement in the Iran-Contra scandal in the 1980's. Much of the controversy has centered on the NRA's close relationship with Ackerman McQueen.

NRA accused Ackerman of taking NRATV too far into politics, taking the media service far beyond the field of gun rights. "The lifeblood of this organization is on the line", said Marion Hammer, an influential Florida-based NRA lobbyist and former president. Lapierre alleged in his letter that AM joined North in blackmailing the executive vice president.

LaPierre details a phone call between one of his staff members and North that took place Wednesday, in which North allegedly suggested Ackerman McQueen was prepared to release an "allegedly damaging letter to the entire NRA board". But he has repeatedly been at odds with Russian Federation and China during the first two years of his presidency and has only two more years remaining in his term.

U.S. President Donald Trump has ordered his staff to prepare new arms control treaties with Russian Federation and China, according to a report published Thursday.

The White House is conducting intense interagency talks to develop options for the President to pursue such a deal, building off another nuclear pact, the New START Treaty, which expires in 2021, multiple White House officials told CNN.

Board member Julie Golob said she will "have to sit through and sift all of it" before making a judgment. North was conspicuously absent from the gathering, which featured speeches from US President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence.

The 76 member NRA board will face pressing decisions when it meets on Monday.

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