New York AG blasts NRA’s decision to reelect its embattled leader: ‘The rot runs deep’

New York AG blasts NRA's decision to reelect its embattled leader: 'The rot runs deep'

News New York Attorney General Letitia James tore into the National Rifle Association on Sunday after it reelected its longtime leader , citing her ongoing financial abuse lawsuit against the pro-gun rights group. The NRA announced Saturday that Wayne LaPierre was reelected as executive vice president and CEO. The AG’s office has sued to dissolve the NRA for allegedly misusing charitable funds. “The NRA’s decision to re-elect Wayne LaPierre and other top leaders yesterday despite the detailed evidence of repeated fraud and self-dealing we have laid out in our lawsuit and during the bankruptcy trial underscores that board governance is broken and that the rot runs deep at the NRA,” James, a Democrat, said in a statement. “For years, Mr. LaPierre and his lieutenants used the NRA and its donors as a breeding ground for personal gain and to live a lavish lifestyle, which is why they must be removed,” she added. “Our fight for transparency and accountability will continue because no one is above the law.” An attorney for the NRA said on Monday that the organization is following its bylaws and traditions. “The (New York attorney general) continues to wage a fully transparent PR campaign against the NRA — openly leveraging the power of her office to attack her political opponents,” William A. Brewer III, one of the NRA’s lawyers, said in a statement provided to CNN. NRA President Charles Cotton said in the same statement that all members of the NRA’s board of directors are independently […]

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