Trump says NRA 'under siege' by NY investigation

The National Rifle Association's annual meeting has been overshadowed by scandal and infighting

The National Rifle Association's annual meeting has been overshadowed by scandal and infighting

Trump's call for unity could have an impact on an NRA board meeting planned for Monday, which comes on the heels of a letter LaPierre sent the board saying North was pressuring him to resign, according to the Journal. It demands action. And action, Mr. President, requires true leadership.

"You have done nothing but tweet about it", Cuomo said.

On Saturday, New York Attorney General Letitia James' office announced in a statement it had launched an investigation into the NRA and had issued subpoenas to the organization, but did not confirm what the probe was in regard to.

"In light of the recent, credible allegations of excessive invoicing and personal enrichment by insiders, it's encouraging that the New York Attorney General is looking into the NRA, and we renew our call for other state and federal authorities to do the same", Feinblatt said. "So she has jurisdiction, and she believes there may have been illegal activity - and she is pursuing that case".

"President Trump: Since December 2012 there have been 2,029 mass shootings in the United States", Cuomo said in a statement.

The investigation comes amid an internal clash between the organization's president, Oliver North, and chief executive officer, Wayne LaPierre. North said he was being forced out because of his allegations that NRA leaders engaged in financial improprieties. "It must get its act together quickly, stop the internal fighting, & get back to GREATNESS - FAST!"

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The president also suggested on Twitter that the NRA should leave the state altogether.

The Journal said NY investigators plan to examine allegations of financial misconduct at the NRA, including the claims North reportedly raised in internal disputes. The NRA past year sued Cuomo and the state's financial regulator for engaging in what it said was a "blacklisting campaign" aimed at swaying banks and insurers to stop doing business with it. "As for the NRA, we'll remember them in our thoughts and prayers". Meadows was previously vice president of the NRA Foundation board of trustees, as well as its second vice president.

Trump has embraced the gun lobby, vowing not to tighten USA firearms laws and advocating proposals such as arming teachers as a way of preventing school shootings.

The NRA, with more than 5 million members, is the most powerful and well-connected gun lobby in the United States.

The NRA spent $30.3 million to support Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, a group that tracks campaign spending.

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