NRA’s Wayne LaPierre Warns of Plot to Oust Him

NRA executive vice president and CEO Wayne LaPierre speaks at Conservative Political Action Conference, CPAC 2019, in Oxon Hill, MdCPAC LaPierre, Oxon Hill, USA - 02 Mar 2019

NRA EVP Wayne LaPierre claimed to the NRA board that Oliver North, the organization’s ceremonial president, is trying to oust him.

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Wayne LaPierre, the Executive Vice President of the National Rifle Association, has written an extraordinary letter to the board of the NRA, accusing the organization’s ceremonial president, Col. Oliver North, of both seeking his ouster and threatening to share a “damaging letter” with the NRA board if LaPierre refused to resign.

In the letter, LaPierre links the ouster threat to the NRA’s longtime PR firm, Ackerman McQueen, which the NRA recently sued for not being transparent about its spending, including on North’s multi-million-dollar NRATV contract.

The letter was first reported by the Wall Street Journal, which posted it in full. (The NRA did not respond to a Rolling Stone request to confirm the document’s authenticity. Rolling Stone messages to North and to Ackerman McQueen were also not immediately returned.) The letter comes just as the NRA is celebrating its annual convention in Indianapolis, where Donald Trump delivered a keynote address on Friday.

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