Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Trump pardons Oregon ranchers whose case led to refuge occupation

A U.S. flag covers a sign at the entrance of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge near Burns, Oregon, January 3, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart
(Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday pardoned Oregon cattle ranchers Dwight Hammond and his son after both were convicted on arson charges, sparking the 2016 occupation of a wildlife refuge, according to a White House statement.

The Hammonds' case led to the armed 41-day occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. The takeover was the latest flare-up in a decades-old conflict over federal control of millions of acres of public land in the Western United States.

Dwight Hammond, 76, and his son, Steven, 49, were convicted in 2012 for setting a fire that spread onto public grazing land. The two were initially sentenced to less than the legal minimum five-year prison sentence for their crimes, but a federal judge in 2016 ordered the pair returned to serve the full five years, after the father had spent three years in prison and the son four.
The order to return to prison inspired the refuge occupation. The White House in a statement on Tuesday called the order to return the two to prison "unjust."
The leaders of the 2016 Malheur standoff, including activist Ammon Bundy, in October 2016 were cleared of federal charges for their role in the protest. One of the occupiers, Robert "LaVoy" Finicum, was shot dead by Oregon State Police during the takeover.

Ammon Bundy and his father Cliven also orchestrated a 2014 standoff in Nevada between scores of armed ranchers and supporters and law enforcement agents over cattle grazing rights.

Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, encompassing 292 square miles (75,628 hectares), was established in 1908 by President Theodore Roosevelt as a breeding ground for greater sandhill cranes and other native birds.

(Reporting by Gina Cherelus in New York; Editing by Scott Malone, Jeffrey Benkoe and Susan Thomas)


Anonymous said...

On behalf of all patriots who followed this real life story; Thank you President Trump. Thank you!

Anonymous said...

Kudos to Trump and to Putin --
Putin Grants Free Russian Land To 15,000 Christians Facing “White Genocide” In South Africa As West Turns Its Back On God Once Again - http://www.whatdoesitmean.com/index2603.htm

Anonymous said...


The Hammonds deliberately endangered lives when they set the fires. They are bullies, read the article.

Anonymous said...

The government does not exist.(It's a corp.) The B.L.M. is an invading army of mercs.Even the real federal government govt.can't own property in the states,except for military storage etc.Same with F.B.I.They should be treated as an invading army of an enemy state.Trump needs to follow through and arrest all the mercs. and disband all agencies involved.MAGA!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Couldn't Agree More. Clear thinking, lucid, brilliant, straight thinking.

Anonymous said...

The Truth About LaVoy Finicum's MURDER & Why YOU Should Care (with John Lamb)

Anonymous said...

On day before his death, Robert 'LaVoy' Finicum spoke about potential encounters with feds
2 min 26 sec