What to Know
- President Donald Trump says the NRA is "under siege" in New York after state AG Letitia James announced an investigation into organization
- Last year she vowed to investigate whether the organization, which has a New York office, deserves its tax-exempt nonprofit status
- The Republican president tweeted Monday that James and her fellow Democrat, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, are "illegally" trying to "destroy" the NRA
President Donald Trump says the National Rifle Association is "under siege" in New York after state Attorney General Letitia James announced an investigation into the organization.
The Republican president tweeted Monday that James and her fellow Democrat, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, are "illegally" trying to "destroy" the NRA.
In a statement on Trump's comments, Jame's office said: “Attorney General Letitia James is focused on enforcing the rule of law. In any case we pursue, we will follow the facts wherever they may lead. We wish the President would share our respect for the law.”
James' office announced the probe Saturday. Kelly Donnelly, a spokeswoman for Attorney General Letitia James, said that James' office has issued subpoenas as part of an investigation related to the NRA.
William A. Brewer, the NRA's outside lawyer, says the NRA "will fully cooperate with any inquiry into its finances."
James, a Democrat, vowed during her campaign last year to investigate the NRA's not-for-profit status if elected. The organization has a New York office.
In a statement responding to Trump, James said that her investigation will follow the facts, and that she wishes Trump shared her respect for the law.
Meanwhile, Cuomo tweeted that New York isn't afraid to stand up to the NRA.
James' office is also overseeing a lawsuit alleging Trump used his charitable foundation for campaign purposes.