On Thursday’s edition of CNN’s “OutFront,” New York Attorney General Letitia James laid out the evidence she is bringing against the National Rifle Association in her lawsuit to force the breakup of the pro-gun organization.
“You say you found example after example of wrongdoing, financial mismanagement, total corruption, like Mr. LaPierre getting a $17 million contract with the NRA without board approval that paid him even after he lost — even after he would lose election as executive vice president,” said host Erin Burnett. “What else did you find out?”
“What we found out is that the NRA diverted millions upon millions of dollars from its charitable mission,” said James. “And it’s unfortunate that Mr. Wayne LaPierre and three members of leadership, who include Woody Phillips, who was the treasurer, the chief of staff Joshua Powell, as well as the counsel John Frazier, all of them engaged in the looting of the charitable assets of this organization. It’s unfortunate they failed to assure — to subscribe to standard fiscal controls. They failed to respond adequately to whistleblowers. They failed to look at related party transactions. They concealed and nature and scope of whistleblower concerns, and they failed to review potential conflicts of law. And obviously they failed to follow the law as well as possibly the internal revenue code.”
“What we are seeking is that this corporation, which was formed under the not-for-profit law in the state of New York, that it be dissolved,” continued James. “We are also seeking that these four individuals no longer serve in leadership positions at the NRA and not serve on any other board in the state of New York. And last but not least, that they account for the amount of money that they looted, including, but not limited to, their exaggerated compensation.”
“Let me ask you this,” said Burnett. “You say dissolving the group. Why not just remove these guys and have them pay whatever legal price they should pay for what they did if you can prove they did it? Why do you need to dissolve the NRA?”
“Because it was more than just these four individual defendants. It was the NRA as a corporate structure,” said James. “It was the 76 members of the exec committee who basically turned a blind eye. It was those individuals who were on the auditing committee who turned a blind eye. There were those individuals who were on the compensation committee who turned a blind eye and a deaf ear to all the whistleblower concerns and all of the allegations with regards to financial inpropriety … it’s unfortunate that they violated their fiduciary duty and they engaged in this type of activity.”
‘No we don’t’ want Trump holding a rally in our city right now: Wisconsin mayor
La Crosse, Wisconsin Mayor Tim Kabat told CNN's Alisyn Camerota on Thursday that he does not want President Donald Trump to hold a rally that's planned to take place in his city on Saturday.
At the start of the interview, Camerota asked Kabat point blank whether he wanted the president in his city over the weekend.
"No we don't," he replied. "We're hoping to get this event either canceled or postponed to another time, based on what we're experiencing right now."
Trump will ‘put a bullet into the country’ before he lets a court say he lost the election: NYT columnist
On CNN Wednesday, New York Times columnist Tom Friedman tore into President Donald Trump's efforts to destabilize and devalue the presidential election in the case of his defeat.
"We're seeing the greatest voter suppression enterprise ever mounted in this country, led by the president of the United States," said Friedman. "He's basically telling us, every day now in every way, and in that debate that 73 million Americans watched, that one of two things are going to happen on November 3rd ... either I am going to be elected by a majority of votes cast that day, or I'm going to delegitimize this election. He's laying the basis for the delegitimization of any election that does not return him to the office. We have never seen this before out of any president. It is the greatest voter suppression effort every mounted in this country. And it's going to have huge — it's already having huge ramifications."
Susan Rice: Vladimir Putin is doing a ‘happy dance’ over Trump’s ‘unhinged raving and ranting’
On CNN Wednesday, former National Security Adviser Susan Rice tore into President Donald Trump for his implosion on the debate stage — and warned that it will further erode U.S. leadership around the world.
"Let's be clear how the rest of the world reacted," said Rice. "Our friends and allies, I believe, did a collective faceplant of just shame and embarrassment and despair. Vladimir Putin is doing the happy dance in the Kremlin tonight because, leaving aside the white supremacy comments or lack of comments about white supremacy, what Donald Trump did in his unhinged ranting and raving was to discredit civil discourse, disparage the American people, to whom he didn't even give the dignity of serious responses, and to get up and say before the American people yet again that he will not respect the results of this election unless he himself is the winner, which is the idea of democracy. Vladimir Putin is doing the happy dance and, in Beijing, state media is crowing that the debate was chaotic, disorderly and shows democracy is a form of government that should be discredited and discarded and their form is in fact correct."