Oliver North out as NRA president after leadership dispute

Before an audience at the 2019 National Rifle Association convention on Friday, the president signed a message asking the Senate to discontinue the process of ratifying the treaty.

The NRA did not respond to a request for comment.

The New York attorney general's probe centers on "related-party transactions between the NRA and its board members; unauthorized political activity; and potentially false or misleading disclosures in regulatory filings", a person familiar with language used in the order told the Journal. "As part of this investigation, the Attorney General has issued subpoenas".

North, best known for his role in the Iran-Contra scandal of the 1980s, has a $1 million contract with Ackerman McQueen.

North, who accepted a "salaried position" with Ackerman McQueen, said that the lawsuit was filed without notice to the board, according to the letter read by Childress.

Richard Childress, former NASCAR driver and CEO of Richard Childress Racing, read a letter from North saying he had been forced out of the organization over his allegations of financial mismanagement, sexual harassment (not from or against him), and excessive expenses. He said: "I'm now informed that will not happen".

Main image: US President Donald Trump speaks at the Nation Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action Leadership Forum in Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. In February, Reps. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., and Kathleen Rice, D-N.Y., wrote to LaPierre, stating they have "grown increasingly alarmed by the complex web of relationships" between people associated with the NRA and Russian officials.

The lobbying group argues that it would undermine domestic gun rights, a view the Obama administration rejected.

According to the Journal, North told the board that he was forming a crisis committee to look at the organization's finances and had told the board's executive committee that LaPierre charged more than $200,000 in wardrobe purchases to a vendor. After resuming office as NRA President in September 2018 I was confronted by NRA board members and donors who expressed concern about the amount of money the NRA was paying to the Brewer law firm.

Thornberry's intervention comes after Jeremy Corbyn said he will not attend a state banquet held for the USA president when he visits in June.

The resolution, put forward by a member from Pennsylvania, accused LaPierre of having "squelched and ignored" issues raised almost 20 years ago regarding Ackerman McQueen, an advertising and public relations firm that has shaped the gun group's messaging for years and was paid $40 million in 2017 alone. The NRA sued its longtime ad agency in early April, alleging improper billing practices. In a statement to the Wall Street Journal, the firm said the suit was "frivolous, inaccurate and meant to cause harm to the reputation of our company".

It is rare for the NRA to betray any hint of internal turmoil.

Gun control advocates reveled in the Game of Thrones-style dispute, considering it an inevitable result of financial troubles and citing polls showing Americans are growing increasingly fond of restricting access to firearms. Congressional investigators have been keen to probe the organization's donors.


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