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Oliver North, convicted felon, poised to become next NRA president

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Oliver North to be president of NRAThe National Rifle Association said Monday that retired Marine Lt. Col. Oliver North — the conservative commentator once implicated in the Iran-Contra scandal — will be its new president.

“Oliver North is a legendary warrior for American freedom, a gifted communicator and skilled leader,"  Wayne LaPierre, NRA's executive vice president and CEO, said in a statement announcing the news. "In these times, I can think of no one better suited to serve as our president.”

North served as then-President Ronald Reagan's deputy director of the National Security Council.

North worked with NSA director John Poindexter to create a secure communications channel to handle the messages regarding  arms sales to Iran and the transfer of money to the Contras, a militant group in Nicaragua. The two men tried to destroy those messages after the Iran-Contra connection was discovered.

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