NEW YORK — Everytown for Gun Safety today responded to a news report that NRA chief executive Wayne LaPierre allegedly met with President Donald Trump to discuss providing financial support as the president faces an impeachment inquiry. In return, LaPierre reportedly asked the White House to “stop the games” over pursuing gun safety legislation, according to people familiar with the meeting. According to the report, it was not clear whether the president had sought out the NRA’s help or if the NRA had pitched the idea.
The news broke on the same day as the Senate Finance Committee minority staff released a report, “The NRA and Russia: How a Tax-Exempt Organization Became a Foreign Asset,” investigating the NRA’s relationship with Russia and potential violations of U.S. tax laws. The NRA is under investigation by the attorneys general of New York and Washington, D.C.
“Donald Trump and the NRA are a match made in heaven,” said John Feinblatt, president of Everytown for Gun Safety. “It is astounding that after doing nothing in response to multiple mass shootings this summer, and with both parties under investigation, they could consider cutting a backroom deal in order to advance their own political agendas at the expense of American lives.”