Former top NRA official: Gun owners ‘should be horrified’ by what I saw

ABC News’ Pierre Thomas speaks exclusively with former NRA executive Joshua Powell about his new book, “Inside the NRA,” which accuses its leaders of mismanagement and fraud.
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Out of that ABC news exclusive a former NRA insider ripping the lid of one of the most powerful lobbying groups in the US and its CEO. Joshua Powell was fired from the NRA and is now talking about scathing allegations. In his new book out Tuesday. He accuses chief executive Wayne Lapierre of using money from the NRA to pay pursuits and private jets. Powell also saying the NRA has blood on its hands here's ABC's Chief Justice correspondent Pierre Thomas. A former top lieutenant is officially declaring war on perhaps the most powerful and best known lobbyists in Washington. NRA's CEO Wayne lap year. And owners across America should be horrified by what I saw inciting error and in his new book inside the NRA Joshua power describes an organization rife with corruption it is this you know incredible. NASA malfeasance in new self dealing he accuses Lapierre and other executives are misleading dues paying members of the NRA. In using their money to finance law appears lavish lifestyle. Including 542000. Dollars for trips on private jets. It is an abomination. Of members money that what's gone on over the past thirty years it's to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars in waste each. It's possible crimes were committed these are what you say. If I fraud is a crime that's correct. And I had you know there are some and there are a number of transaction that took place in that place that would fall into the category of fraud there's no doubt about it. But Powell is under investigation himself for the same alleged malfeasance. He says he's trying to expose. He's named in the New York attorney general's lawsuit seeking to disband the NRA that alleges. Evidence of illegal conduct an inappropriate spending for which the NRA says he was ultimately fired. He denies the allegations. The allegations make you see my part of the problem. I understand that. Been around plea that the case. Pro says he now support some of the gun control measures. He says his old boss worked tirelessly to block he claims the NRA said no to any proposed solutions to the nation's gun violence problem if that would restrict Second Amendment Rights. Erie does have blood that sense it's taken me frankly awhile to come to that. Realization but the reality is it when you are standing. In the middle. Of America and you were saying no way. Our. We allow any changes to this country as it relates to guns and you're not a culture. Solutions in solving. Gun crime in gun crime is a problem then you wore the problem. In the NRA has blood all over his hands. Thank you realize. When you say you can now support universal background checks. Red flag laws. With the proper. Education Chisholm to process. Do you will be called the Judas of the aren't 100% I'm I am absolutely. That's there that's where we're they're looking in areas gonna do everything they can possibly do you to discredit me. They're gonna in the wool attacking in the press that will call me she is still accuse me of all these all these things to discredit your. The NRA Carl's house accusations pure fiction and says before he was fired for allegedly misusing funds he endorsed everything the NRA was doing. And tonight the New York AG's office tells ABC news that Powell's attorney has reached out. Harpring cooperate with their investigation. And epic battle now under way. Pure. Here thanks so much and you can hear more of his exclusive interview next week on GMA.

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