The executive vice president of the National Rifle Association made bizarre accusations against Oliver North, the president of the NRA, on Friday in a statement to the members of the board.
The Washington Post obtained the letter from Wayne LaPierre.
"Leaders in every walk of life must often choose," LaPierre wrote in the message, "between what is true, and what is polite; between what is convenient, and what is right. I believe each of you made that choice when you joined the NRA board. Despite a political climate that maligns our founding freedoms, you elected to walk the principled path and not the popular one.
"Yesterday evening, I was forced to confront one of those defining choices — styled, in the parlance of extortionists, as an offer I couldn't refuse," he continued.
"I refused it," he said. "Delivered by a member of our Board on behalf of his employer, the exhortation was simply: resign or there will be destructive allegation made against me and the NRA. Alarmed and disgusted, I refused the offer."
He went on to say that North threatened him with the release of a letter that "would contain a devastating account of our financial status, sexual harassment charges against a staff member, accusations of wardrobe expenses and excessive staff travel expenses."
The issue should come to a head on Monday when the NRA will hold the full board is set to meet and vote on whether to keep Oliver North as president as his term is ending.
Here's when LaPierre announced North's presidency in 2018:
A Time For Warriors: Wayne LaPierre Announces Lt. Colonel Oliver North As Next NRA President www.youtube.com