NRA Chief Wayne LaPierre Slapped With Subpoena in New York ‘Murder Insurance’ Probe

August 26, 2019by Denis Slattery
Wayne LaPierre, executive vice president of the National Rifle Association, speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland on Saturday, March 2, 2019. (Ron Sachs/CNP/Zuma Press/TNS)

NEW YORK — Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s got the National Rifle Association’s top gun squarely in his legal crosshairs.

New York officials last week slapped Wayne LaPierre, the powerful gun group’s chief executive, with a subpoena as their legal feud escalates, a source close to the case told the Daily News on Saturday.

Investigators with the state Department of Financial Services want to know what LaPierre knows about the marketing of Carry Guard insurance, the plans that cover gun owners if they kill or injure someone with a firearm.

“The list of politicians who are afraid of the NRA is a mile long,” said one state official. “But Gov. Cuomo and his administration are not on it.”

The gun-rights group’s top lawyer said it was “surprised” by the subpoena and noted that LaPierre has “virtually no information” beyond what others have already told investigators.

“The NRA believes the ‘investigation’ was blatantly political in its motivation,” said William A. Brewer III, lead counsel to the NRA, in a statement. “Nonetheless, the NRA has attempted to cooperate with reasonable requests by (New York).”

The subpoena is just one skirmish in the gun rights group’s prolonged and multi-pronged legal battle with the state.

The subpoena, which was served on LaPierre’s lawyer, compels him to testify about the Carry Guard policies that the DFS is investigating as part of its mission to regulate financial products and insurance.

DFS sent a letter in 2017 urging insurance companies to review their relationships with the NRA to avoid “harm their corporate reputations and jeopardize public safety.” Two companies paid fines and signed consent decrees agreed to stop selling the policies, which regulators say violate rules against insuring intentional acts.

The NRA fired back with a lawsuit claiming that New York was violating its First Amendment rights. That suit is still working its way through the court system and is not related to the LaPierre subpoena.

A separate state investigation is probing whether the NRA should be stripped of its tax-exempt status.

Attorney General Letitia James’s office is trying to building a case that the group participated in “unauthorized political activity and potentially false or misleading disclosures in regulatory filings.”

That probe is also looking into reports of extravagant spending on behalf of LaPierre and other NRA big shots.

Oliver North, the Iran-Contra scandal figure, was due to be questioned in that probe last week. North, who served as NRA president for a year before being ousted in a internal power struggle, has accused LaPierre of mishandling the group’s finances and splurging $200,000 on fancy clothes.

———

©2019 New York Daily News

Visit New York Daily News at www.nydailynews.com

Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.

Law

Assange Lawyers Say Trump Offered a Pardon If He ‘Played Ball’
In The News
Assange Lawyers Say Trump Offered a Pardon If He ‘Played Ball’

LONDON — Julian Assange’s lawyers told a London court that they will provide evidence that U.S. President Donald Trump was prepared to offer the WikiLeaks founder a pardon if he “played ball” about leaks of Democratic National Committee emails. At a preliminary hearing Wednesday, Assange’s lawyer... Read More

Georgia City Sues Drug Company Over Medicine That Went from $40 to $39,000
Litigation
Georgia City Sues Drug Company Over Medicine That Went from $40 to $39,000

ATLANTA — The city of Marietta, Ga., has filed a class action lawsuit against a drug company after the price of a decades-old medicine went from $40 a vial to more than $39,000. The city, which covers health care costs for employees and their families, says... Read More

Turkish Security Guards Face Prosecution After Protester Beatings in DC
Law
Turkish Security Guards Face Prosecution After Protester Beatings in DC
February 13, 2020
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - Security guards for Turkey’s president must face civil prosecution in Washington, D.C. after they beat protesters on Embassy Row three years ago, a federal judge ruled last week. Attorneys for the government of Turkey argued the security personnel should receive immunity against lawsuits by... Read More

States’ Attorneys General Sue to Force ERA into Constitution
Litigation
States’ Attorneys General Sue to Force ERA into Constitution
February 6, 2020
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- The attorneys general of Virginia, Illinois and Nevada are suing in federal court for an order that would add the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. On January 27 Virginia became the 38th state to ratify the proposed Constitutional amendment that would expand... Read More

5th Circuit Won't Review Ruling That Tossed Obamacare Mandate
Health
5th Circuit Won't Review Ruling That Tossed Obamacare Mandate
January 29, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - An appeals court in New Orleans rejected a request to review a December ruling invalidating a key provision of the Affordable Care Act. In December, a three-judge panel in the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the Act's requirement that Americans purchase health... Read More

DOJ's Inspector General Says More Subpoena Power Needed to Protect Whistleblowers
Employment
DOJ's Inspector General Says More Subpoena Power Needed to Protect Whistleblowers
January 28, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Justice's chief internal investigator told a House panel on Tuesday that he and his colleagues across federal departments need more subpoena power to help protect whistleblowers alleging fraud and other malfeasance. DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz offered that assessment in... Read More

Straight From The Well
scroll top