New York attorney general files lawsuit to disband NRA
The top prosecutor in New York state has filed a lawsuit to disband the powerful National Rifle Association, accusing it of widespread fraud and wrongdoing.
At the conclusion of an 18-month investigation into the gun industry lobbying organisation that has donated millions of dollars to politicians, including Donald Trump, New York state attorney Letitia James accused the group of being “fraught with fraud and abuse”.
In her comments on Thursday morning, Ms James highlighted the alleged wrongdoing of four current senior leaders of the group, members including Wayne LaPierre, the longtime chief executive.
The others named in the suit were John Frazer, the NRA’s general counsel, Josh Powell, a former aide to Mr LaPierre, and Woody Phillips, who once served as chief financial officer.
In a statement, Ms James, who in the spring of 2019 launched an investigation into the Trump Organisation and issued subpoenas to Deutsche Bank and Investors Bank for records relating to four Trump Organisation projects, alleged the NRA leaders “used millions upon millions from NRA reserves for personal use”.
She said they failed to abide by the NRA’s own internal policies as well as state and federal laws.
The NRA “has operated as a breeding ground for greed, abuse and brazen illegality”, she alleged, adding: “No one is above the law.”
Mr Trump was among those quick to respond to the developments.
“Just like Radical Left New York is trying to destroy the NRA, if Biden becomes President your GREAT SECOND AMENDMENT doesn’t have a chance. Your guns will be taken away, immediately and without notice. No police, no guns,” he wrote.
The problems confronting the once powerful NRA, which politicians have long feared and sought to appease, have been some time coming.
When Ms James last year announced she was investigating allegations of illegality and wrongdoing at the organisation, it came against the backdrop of problems that had already spilled into public view.