Wayne LaPierre Says Scrutiny Of NRA Is Like “Never-Ending Waterboarding”

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The NRA chief executive granted a rare interview to The New York Times Magazine, casting himself as a victim.

National Rifle Association chief executive Wayne LaPierre recently sat down for an interview with The New York Times Magazine — a rare occurrence for the gun rights group leader — and cast himself as a victim amidst increasing scrutiny over the NRA’s spending habits.

The NRA has been embroiled in scandal since early 2018, when questions arose regarding the nonprofit’s potential financial mismanagement. According to The Trace, LaPierre said the time since has been “the most painful period of my life,” adding that the scrutiny of the organization’s spending has been like “never-ending waterboarding.”

LaPierre has found himself in the sights of New York Attorney General Letitia James, who has been investigating both the executive and the organization “for possible civil violations of nonprofit law since April.”

The Times story reported that some individuals familiar with the matter believe LaPierre could be referred for criminal charges over misuse of funds, but whether James will take this step remains unclear.

The Trace noted that “one nonprofit law expert cautioned that no evidence has emerged that LaPierre siphoned money directly into his own pocket.”

Read LaPierre’s full interview here.


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