NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre Accuses President Oliver North of Extortion
The National Rifle Association (NRA) faced a leadership crisis at the group’s annual meeting this week: its CEO Wayne LaPierre accused the organization’s president, Oliver North, of pressuring him to resign and extorting him. North, in turn, called for an investigation into LaPierre’s handling of the NRA’s finances.
Saturday, North, a former Marine Corps colonel best known for his role in the Iran-Contra affair, announced he will not seek another term as president in a letter read by NRA Second Vice President Richard Childress at the group’s annual meeting in Indianapolis. North’s term ends Monday.
In the letter, North repeated his concern over the state of the NRA’s finances, claiming one of the first meetings he took as president was with “NRA board members and donors who were concerned about the amount of money the NRA was paying to the Brewer law firm.” He also reiterated his fear that the NRA could soon lose its nonprofit status.