New York Attorney General Letitia James had much of America on the edge of their seat this morning.
On Wednesday evening, James announced that she would be holding a press conference on Thursday morning to make a “major national announcement”. Given that James has been involved in a number of investigations surrounding President Donald Trump, there many who speculated that today’s public appearance would be in reference to this.
When the cameras rolled, however, an entirely different story emerged.
The Attorney General of New York took action today to dissolve the National Rifle Association, following an 18-month investigation that found evidence the powerful gun rights group is “fraught with fraud and abuse.”
Attorney General Letitia James claims in a lawsuit filed Thursday that she found financial misconduct in the millions of dollars, and that it contributed to a loss of more than $64 million over a three year period.
The suit alleges that top NRA executives misused charitable funds for personal gain, awarded contracts to friends and family members, and provided contracts to former employees to ensure loyalty.
James was resolute in her action.
“The NRA’s influence has been so powerful that the organization went unchecked for decades while top executives funneled millions into their own pockets,” James said in a statement. “The NRA is fraught with fraud and abuse, which is why, today, we seek to dissolve the NRA, because no organization is above the law.”
James outlined several instances in which NRA board members, both past and present, utilized the organization’s funds for personal benefit, including several trips to the Bahamas and during lavish hunting excursions around the world.
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