Senate Dems request NRA documents related to alleged financial wrongdoing

Senate Dems request NRA documents related to alleged financial wrongdoing
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Sens. Bob MenendezRobert (Bob) MenendezPompeo changes staff for Russia meeting after concerns raised about top negotiator's ties: report Dem senators demand GOP judicial group discloses donors Senate passes .5B border bill, setting up fight with House MORE (D-N.J.), Sheldon WhitehouseSheldon WhitehouseOvernight Energy: Scientists flee USDA as research agencies move to Kansas City area | Watchdog finds EPA skirted rules to put industry reps on boards | New rule to limit ability to appeal pollution permits Dem senators demand GOP judicial group discloses donors Senate Democrats skipping Pence's border trip MORE (D-R.I.) and Ron WydenRonald (Ron) Lee WydenHillicon Valley: Twitter says Trump 'go back' tweet didn't violate rules | Unions back protests targeting Amazon 'Prime Day' | Mnuchin voices 'serious concerns' about Facebook crypto project | Congress mobilizes on cyber threats to electric grid Top Democrat demands answers on election equipment vulnerabilities Advocates frustrated over pace of drug price reform MORE (D-Ore.) on Friday requested documents related to allegations of "financial impropriety" made by former National Rifle Association (NRA) President Oliver NorthOliver Laurence NorthJuan Williams: GOP in a panic over Mueller DC attorney general subpoenas NRA financial records in nonprofit investigation Top NRA executive resigns amid extortion allegations MORE

They sent letters requesting memos, audits, letters and other materials to North, NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre and CEO Revan McQueen of the PR firm Ackerman McQueen. They asked for the documents by May 16.

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They specifically requested a copy of a letter LaPierre submitted to the NRA's board of directors, a memo sent by North to the NRA's executive committee and investigations conducted by or for the "NRA Crisis Management Committee," among other documents. 

An attorney for the NRA told The Hill in a statement that it would cooperate with information requests and that it did not form the "Crisis Management Committee." 

“The Association will cooperate with all appropriate information requests,” said William A. Brewer III, counsel to the NRA. “The NRA has full confidence in its accounting practices and commitment to good governance. The board of directors did not form a so-called Crisis Management Committee, as the matters in question fall under the jurisdiction of current NRA board committees. The issues raised by Col. North were, for the most part, vetted and approved after review and investigation by the NRA last year.”

Ackerman McQueen did not immediately reply to a request for comment from The Hill.  

The request comes at a moment of internal strife for the NRA. The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal reported on a leadership struggle between LaPierre and North over alleged financial improprieties, which culminated in North leaving the gun rights group

LaPierre in a letter to the organization's board claimed that North was trying to extort him to force him out of the group. 

North had previously sent a separate letter to the board detailing alleged financial wrongdoing related to more than $200,000 of wardrobe purchases by LaPierre that were charged to a vendor, according to the Journal. 

New York's attorney general is also probing the group's tax exempt status.  

Updated at 11:33 p.m.