The National Rifle Association (NRA) has filed it’s own lawsuit after New York and District of Columbia Attorney Generals sued the group for fraud.
The NRA’s senior executives are accused of stealing over 64 million dollars worth of charitable funds to live lavish lifestyles including private jets with families to the Bahamas.
NRA Executives including Vice President and CEO Wayne LaPierre, who are being sued, claim the Attorney General’s claims are ‘baseless’ and ‘politically motivated.’
“This was a baseless, premeditated attack on our organization and the Second Amendment freedoms it fights to defend,” NRA president Carolyn Meadows said in a tweet.
“Our members won’t be intimidated or bullied in their defense of political and constitutional freedom.”
The Attorney Generals had also listed the NRA as a “terrorist organization” and “criminal enterprise,” during the filing of their paperwork against them.
The suit makes mention of James’ predecessor in the New York AG’s office, Eric Schneiderman, who is said to have warned the group that “key Democratic actors” were pressuring him to “pursue the NRA for purely political purposes.”
“In a telephone call to Tom King, an NRA director, in late 2017, Schneiderman emphasized that while he opposed the NRA’s positions on the Second Amendment, he felt troubled by recent, extraordinary pressures being placed on his office by powerful political interests,” the lawsuit reads, adding elsewhere that the group “has not been treated fairly” by James’ office, despite cooperating with its investigation.
The cases against each other are to be heard at a later date.
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