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) MenendezEnding the Cyprus arms embargo will increase tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean We can accelerate a cure for Alzheimer's The Hill's 12:30 Report: Manafort sentenced to total of 7.5 years in prison MORE (D-N.J.), Sheldon WhitehouseSheldon WhitehouseOvernight Energy: Democrats ask if EPA chief misled on vehicle emissions | Dem senators want NBC debate focused on climate change | 2020 hopeful John Delaney unveils T climate plan Democratic senators want NBC primary debate to focus on climate change Overnight Energy: EPA watchdog finds Pruitt spent 4K on 'excessive' travel | Agency defends Pruitt expenses | Lawmakers push EPA to recover money | Inslee proposes spending T for green jobs MORE (D-R.I.) and Ron WydenRonald (Ron) Lee WydenManning: Additional Assange charges are feds 'using the law as a sword' Overnight Health Care — Presented by PCMA — Senators unveil sweeping bipartisan health care package | House lawmakers float Medicare pricing reforms | Dems offer bill to guarantee abortion access Democratic senator warns of threat to press freedom in new Assange charges MORE (D-Ore.) on Friday requested documents related to allegations of "financial impropriety" made by former National Rifle Association (NRA) President Oliver NorthOliver Laurence NorthNRA board member Allen West urges CEO LaPierre to step down Leaked documents show more than 0,000 in alleged spending by NRA CEO Senate Dems request NRA documents related to alleged financial wrongdoing 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.