As the National Rifle Association headed into further turmoil this week, President Trump rallied to the organization’s defense—urging it to leave New York State, where it faces an investigation of its finances by the state’s attorney general—and proclaimed it “under siege.”
The president tweeted Monday that Democratic officials are trying to “destroy” the organization, Fox News reports.
“The NRA is under siege by Cuomo and the New York State A.G., who are illegally using the State’s legal apparatus to take down and destroy this very important organization, & others,” the president said.
“It must get its act together quickly, stop the internal fighting, & get back to GREATNESS – FAST!”
He then urged the NRA, which is chartered in New York, to leave the state.
NRA officials announced Saturday that Oliver North has stepped down as president of the influential gun rights group — a move that came amid what North described as “a clear crisis” in his resignation letter, Politico reports.
The dramatic announcement kicked off the third day of the organization’s annual conference, which has included appearances by several Republican lawmakers and President Trump. Tensions spilled over on Saturday when the group’s chief executive, Wayne LaPierre, directed NRA Vice President Richard Childress to read North’s resignation letter aloud to the crowd.
North, in his letter, made clear that his resignation was not voluntary.
The announcement came as the NRA faced a challenge from New York Attorney General, Letitia James, who had opened an investigation into the gun group’s tax-exempt status, The New York Times reports.
On Friday, James’s office sent letters instructing the NRA and affiliated entities, including its charitable foundation, to preserve relevant financial records. Some of the NRA’s related businesses also received subpoenas, according to people with knowledge of the inquiry. Both the attorney general’s office and a lawyer for the NRA confirmed the investigation.