Longtime NRA exec Wayne LaPierre complains he's being extorted by current president and pressured to leave: report
Wayne LaPierre, Jr. is executive vice president of the National Rifle Association. Photo by Gage Skidmore.

According to a report at the Wall Street Journal, longtime NRA chief executive Wayne LaPierre has sent a letter to the organization's board of directors charging that he is the victim of an attempted coup by the current president Oliver North.

According to the report, "LaPierre has told the group’s board he is being extorted and pressured to resign by the organization’s president, Oliver North, over allegations of financial improprieties, in an extraordinary battle roiling one of the nation’s most powerful nonprofit political groups."

The report notes that LaPierre instructed the board that he will not step down from his position at the NRA after being the face of the organization for years.

The WSJ reports, "Mr. North previously had sent a longer letter to the board’s executive committee detailing new allegations of financial improprieties involving more than $200,000 of wardrobe purchases by Mr. LaPierre that were charged to a vendor, according to the people. One of those people described Mr. LaPierre’s letter as an 'angry reaction' to Mr. North’s longer letter," adding, "The behind-the-scenes brawl is taking place amid the gun-rights group’s big annual meeting, at which President Trump spoke Friday."

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