NRA General Counsel Admits Lack of Experience and Exclusion from Key Decisions in Testimony

Manhattan, New York – The National Rifle Association’s (NRA) General Counsel testified on Tuesday that he was hired for his position without any prior experience and was excluded from important decision-making processes. John Frazer, who has served as the NRA’s top lawyer since 2015, admitted that he had only been an attorney for less than two years when he was appointed. Despite having gained significant experience within the NRA in a non-legal capacity, Frazer acknowledged that he had never worked as a General Counsel before.

During his testimony, Frazer revealed that he had been left uninformed about crucial legal decisions made by the gun-rights organization. He had not been consulted on matters such as negotiating CEO Wayne LaPierre’s employment contract or the NRA’s decision to file for bankruptcy and sue its top contractor. When questioned about his knowledge of the relationship between the employment agreement and the filing for bankruptcy, Frazer stated that he did not recall any discussion on the matter.

Frazer’s testimony carries weight as the New York Attorney General’s office seeks to portray the NRA as an organization plagued by internal control issues, which allegedly allowed insiders like LaPierre to misuse the group’s funds. With LaPierre having resigned, Frazer is now the only individual defendant still holding a position within the NRA. The judge and jury’s perception of his testimony may determine whether the Attorney General succeeds in appointing an overseer to reform the organization or simply secures repayments for past wrongdoings.

The Attorney General’s case against the NRA asserts that the organization requires external intervention to prevent a recurrence of the financial abuses it has faced. The NRA’s defense, led by outside law firm Brewer Attorneys and Counselors, argues that any misconduct has been appropriately addressed through internal reforms. Frazer’s testimony placed Brewer at the center of the NRA’s legal decision-making process, highlighting their involvement in negotiating LaPierre’s employment contract and the decision to file for bankruptcy. Frazer admitted to learning about the Brewer firm’s role in coordinating the NRA’s strategy in the bankruptcy case after the fact.

Moreover, Frazer testified that he was excluded from the decision to sue Ackerman McQueen, a company previously associated with the NRA before Brewer took over as the group’s top contractor. He acknowledged that the Brewer firm had been one of the most highly compensated contractors for the NRA from 2018 to 2022, with reported payments exceeding $100 million. Despite the Brewer firm’s significant involvement, Frazer defended the increased legal spending which he attributed to the organization’s need to defend against various legal attacks, including the civil suit filed by the New York Attorney General’s office.

On the last day of the Attorney General’s presentation, LaPierre defended many of the extravagant expenses highlighted during the trial, asserting that they were justified costs incurred in pursuit of the NRA’s mission. He explained that certain expenses, such as luxury trips and private flights, were part of efforts to recruit high-dollar donors and celebrity members. LaPierre clarified that on safari trips, he only fired shots when they were caught on film for a show the NRA was producing to strengthen its credibility among hunters.

During Frazer’s testimony, he maintained his integrity and expressed that LaPierre had been open and honest in their communications, attempting to rectify any issues. However, when asked if LaPierre had breached the trust of NRA members, Frazer hesitated before ultimately stating that he believed he had. LaPierre left the courtroom and the NRA slowly, leaving those present with his testimony lingering in the atmosphere.