FBI agents posed as journalists and tricked the Bundy ranching family and their supporters into giving on-camera interviews that prosecutors may use in upcoming trials, according to defense attorneys and court records.
The FBI’s “fake film production company” and “wide-reaching deceptive undercover operation”, as lawyers described it in a court filing, is one of multiple controversies that some say could derail the government’s prosecution of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, his four sons and a dozen of their followers. A recent Bureau of Land Management (BLM) ethics scandal involving tickets for the popular Burning Man festival could further hinder prosecutors in the high-profile trial, which began this week in Las Vegas federal court.
The case stems from the Bundy family’s infamous 2014 standoff with federal agents at their ranch in Bunkerville, Nevada. The 70-year-old patriarch became a hero to conservative cowboys in the west when he publicly refused to pay grazing fees to the federal government, arguing that the BLM has no right to regulate lands by his property.
When federal agents attempted to seize his cattle, hundreds of supporters, some heavily armed, flocked to the ranch to defend the family. The government eventually retreated and only filed conspiracy, firearms and assault charges two years later – after his sons were involved in a similar standoff in Oregon.
In January 2016, Ammon and Ryan Bundy spearheaded a takeover of the Malheur national wildlife refuge to protest the government’s treatment of Oregon ranchers, leading to federal conspiracy charges against more than two-dozen participants. In a surprise verdict in October, a jury found the Bundy brothers and their supporters not guilty, which some say could foreshadow the government’s failure in Nevada.
A total of 17 men are preparing for trial in Las Vegas over their roles in the Bunkerville case, including Cliven, Ammon and Ryan and their brothers Mel and Davey. The Bundys have long argued that they were engaged in peaceful protests against federal overreach while prosecutors and environmental groups have alleged that the men executed a coordinated, violent attack on agents and have damaged public lands with their defiance of regulations.
Think she will ever get prosecuted?
no Gregory she wont but the bundies should be pardoned and BLM defunded
So, Congress knew about this, some profited off of it, and treason was just barely acknowledged rather than fought publicly, legally and loudly. And 0bama could have stopped it it's tracks and he did not.
To be treason... one has to have a State defined by borders and citizenship laws... since we have open borders and universal citizenship being extended to every Tom, Dick and Osama we have no country and treason becomes moot.
Think about it. Our leaders including Judges are thinking new world order.... one world government... universal citizenship... so much for loyalty to old glory and the Constitution.
There are SOOOOO many that need to be made an example of: obama, killary, reid, pelosi,
Lavoy Finicum R I P
We the People have a responsibility to remind President Trump that there ARE agents within many federal agencies who's allegiance is to liberal progressive democrat machine policies and the former DOJ and Obama.
Obviously, from the many leaks since President trump was sworn in, those maverick agents are NOT trust worthy and MUST be removed.
CIA and FBI have shown us that they are NOT TRUSTWORTHY. Bundy had been grazing his cattle in that land for generations. Suddenly here comes the GOVERNMENT, IN FORCE, to move him out. PHOOEY! I find nowhere in my Constitution that grants ownership of land to government, other than for forts, dockyards and other needful buildings. I don't think this land qualifies!
If this occurred, then there ought to be automatic dismissal, and the whole Case thrown out. This type of corruption is the essence of the Swamp. So many "Bad Actors" to get rid of. If this allegation proves true, then once again, the "Buck" stops at the desk of the infamous Comey, again!
I agree... However, most governors are loyal to Party and not the people... the political parties have become the sovereigns and the State's their puppets. We must find a way to brake the political parties hold on our government. George Washington wanted to outlaw political parties and saw them as a great threat to our Republic.