'Long-overdue reckoning': Washington Post editorial applauds NRA's comeuppance after years of corruption
In a blunt opinion piece from the Washington Post editorial board, the National Rifle Association was scorched for decades of corruption and self-dealing, saying that gun advocacy group is finally facing a "reckoning."
With a federal judge tossing out the NRA's bankruptcy case after "finding that the nation's largest gun rights groups had filed the case not for legitimate financial reasons but to gain an unfair litigation advantage," the Post's editors applauded the move.
"In a suit filed last August, Ms. James outlined illegal self-dealing that funded the lavish lifestyles of NRA chief Wayne LaPierre, his family and a small group of allies. The actions, according to the suit, contributed to the loss of more than $64 million in three year," the editors wrote. "Testimony during the bankruptcy case buttressed the charges with details of the organization's tax-exempt funds used for wedding expenses, private jet travel and exotic getaways. Mr. LaPierre's private travel consultant testified that he instructed her to alter travel invoices for private jets so as to hide their true destinations. Mr. LaPierre testified he didn't know how his former chief financial officer had received a $360,000-a-year consulting contract after leaving under a cloud, and he admitted to trips on a luxury yacht belonging to an NRA vendor — a conflict of interest he did not disclose."
Noting that New York Attorney General Letitia James has described the NRA as an organization where "the rot runs deep," the editors said the time has come for officials to be held responsible.
"Whether it [the NRA] can be reformed or should be dissolved will be up to the court in New York, but it's good that there will be a long-overdue reckoning," the editors wrote.
Election attorney Lin Wood on Sunday called former President Donald Trump a "genius" for endorsing his opponent for South Carolina Republican Party chair.
Wood, who fought to overturn Trump's loss in the 2020 election, experienced his own loss over the weekend when South Carolina Republicans overwhelmingly voted for Drew McKissick to lead the state party.
Wood appeared to be licking his wounds in a social media post on Sunday that attempted to spin Trump's decision to endorse McKissick.
"President Trump is a genius," Wood wrote. "He plays chess at a level we will never fully understand."
"I was honored by his description of me as a 'strong and talented' opponent," he added. "Upon further reflection, I understand his endorsement of my opponent, Drew McKissick."
Wood went on to say that his faith in Trump never wavered because he "is doing God's will for our country."
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Republicans should be 'concerned' if Kevin McCarthy is forced to testify about Trump and the Capitol riot: MSNBC analyst
With multiple Republicans going on the record calling for House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) to appear before the recently agreed-upon House commission to investigate the Jan 6th Capitol riot, one MSNC analyst said that what McCarthy might be forced to divulge while under oath should be of concern to the GOP.
Appearing with "The Sunday Show" host Jonathan Capehart, Jake Sherman said whatever comes out of the commission could be used as a weapon against the Republicans in the next election cycle.
"In the next, you know, week or so, there's going to be this commission that is going to be on the floor" Sherman began. "And you talked about subpoenaing -- Fred Upton, Republican of Michigan said this morning McCarthy would be subpoenaed -- he said it on CNN or one of the Sunday shows."
"If I were Kevin McCarthy or a Republican I would be concerned about what might come out here and Republicans, if they don't support this commission, that would be a dangerous precedent," he continued before adding, "I think many will, if they don't support it, they're handing Democrats a talking point [that] they don't want to get to the bottom of this."
"It's a straightforward commission. they have gotten all of their asks -- Republicans have for the most part -- and it would be a statement if they did not support this," he warned.
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