After an investigation into alleged corruption and mishandling of funds, Attorney General Letitia James filed a lawsuit Thursday to dissolve the National Rifle Association. James said the 18-month-long investigation concluded the group is “fraught with fraud and abuse.”
The suit claims the leaders of the gun-rights group misused funds for personal gain and the mishandling of money accounted for a $64 million loss over three years.
According to James. the group created contracts with friends and family and wrote contracts with former employees for ensured loyalty.
James sued as the NRA is registered in New York and is in her jurisdiction — it was filed with the New York Supreme Court. The AG said the group is “a breeding ground for greed, abuse, and brazen illegality.”
Further, James is seeking the court to require the dissolving of the organization and require each of the current and former executives to pay full restitution. Wayne LaPierre and three other executives would never be allowed to serve on the board of a New York charity if the suit wins, as reported by CNBC.
The suit is civil but if the AG finds criminal activity, “we will refer it to the Manhattan district attorney,” she said.
The NRA has yet to make a comment on the lawsuit.
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Last surviving WW2 Medal of Honor recipient Woody Williams dies at 98
On this Fourth of July we honor the last surviving Medal of Honor recipient from World War II. Marine veteran Hershel “Woody” Williams died Wednesday at 3:15 a.m. and was 98 years old. Williams died at the Huntington, West Virginia, Veterans Affairs hospital named after him, according to a statement from his foundation.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announced Sunday that Williams will lie in honor at the U.S. Capitol.
The Marine Corps Times writes about the honorable veteran and his Medal:
Born in 1923 on a dairy farm in Quiet Dell, West Virginia, Williams was the youngest of 11 children, according to the Weirton, West Virginia, Daily Times.
Initially disqualified for being too short, Williams enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1943, according to his biography. The demolition sergeant landed on Iwo Jima on Feb. 21, 1945, with 1st Battalion, 21st Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division.
Two days later, on Feb. 23, 1945, he famously destroyed enemy emplacements with a flamethrower, going forward alone into machinegun fire, covered only by four riflemen.
His citation states, “he fought desperately for 4 hours under terrific enemy small-arms fire and repeatedly returned to his own lines to prepare demolition charges and obtain serviced flamethrowers,” before wiping out one enemy position after another.
On one occasion, he “daringly mounted a pillbox to insert the nozzle of his flamethrower through the air vent,” which killed all enemy occupants and silenced its gun.
Williams received the Medal of Honor from President Harry S. Truman at the White House in October 1945 for “conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty.”
God Bless Woody Williams and his family.
America is great because of heroes like him. https://t.co/QxAFMWDMYH
— Rep. Jim Jordan (@Jim_Jordan) June 30, 2022
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