The president of the National Rifle Association, Wayne LaPierre testifies in his civil trial in New York, defending himself against the accusations for violating the trust of five million members of the organization by will spend tens of millions of dollars to enrich himself and his close associates.
During his interrogation, led by the lawyers of New York Attorney General Letitia James, LaPierre stated that he did not consider the luxury vacations “gifts” when he accepted them from a couple with millions of dollars in business. in entity contracts years.
The prosecutor filed a case under his authority to investigate nonprofit organizations registered in New York. Days before the trial began, LaPierre, 74, announced his resignation, leaving office on January 31.
During his testimony in a Manhattan courtroom, LaPierre acknowledged vacationing with Hollywood producer David McKenzie, whose company does business with the NRA.. He stated that he met the producer in a business context, but considered him a friend.
Attorneys showed the jury several trips the two subjects’ families took together.which McKenzie paid for and LaPierre did not disclose on financial forms.
“You didn’t consider a trip to the Greek islands a gift back then, did you?” Deputy Attorney General Jonathan Conley asked LaPierre, in one of several exchanges about undisclosed vacation trips, lodging and meals, the AP reported.
“No, I didn’t,” LaPierre said.
Conley showed the jury pictures of the multi-story white yachts where the NRA leader vacationed with the producer in the Bahamas and the Mediterranean, as well as photos from a trip to India. LaPierre acknowledged that McKenzie paid for commercial flights, hotels and meals for many of the trips.
When traveling, LaPierre helped McKenzie’s media company get a nine-year contract with the NRA worth several million dollars.he admitted.
The prosecutor indicated that McKenzie Personally Raises $1.8 Million in Property Rental Fees Alone for Filming NRA Content in a house of his in Los Angeles.
Under LaPierre, the NRA became a powerful political lobbying organization., in addition to its role as a weapons training entity. Likewise, in recent years faced financial problems, fewer members than before, and a leadership crisis.