Oliver North announced his forced resignation from his role as National Rifle Association president after a bitter dispute with the NRA’s chief executive, Wayne LaPierre.
North’s resignation letter, read at the group’s annual conference on Saturday, likely came as a surprised to President Trump, who spoke at the event and praised both North and LaPierre as “extraordinary champions for the Second Amendment.”
North’s ouster exposed to public scrutiny an internal scandal involving claims of financial misconduct, blackmail and greed, as well as the fallout from an ongoing lawsuit against an ad agency.
In his letter, North explained, “I was confronted by NRA members and board members who expressed concern about the amount of money the NRA was paying to the Brewer law firm.”
North said the situation “needs to be dealt with immediately and responsibly so the NRA can continue to focus on protecting our Second Amendment.”
However, LaPierre claimed that North’s motive was to oust him from power, and that he had threatened to go to the board with “damaging” complaints unless LaPierre resigned.
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