Cliven Bundy-FBI Debacle: Another Example of Why the Feds Need to be Leashed

Hellbound and Down

The Justice Department was caught in another high-profile travesty last month that continues to reverberate through the western states. On Dec.20, federal judge Gloria Navarro declared a mistrial in the case againstNevada rancher Cliven Bundyand others after prosecutors were caught withholding massive amounts ofevidence undermining federal charges. This is the latest in a long series of federal law enforcement debacles that have spurred vast distrust of Washington.

Bundy, a 71-year old Nevadan rancher,and his sons and supporters were involved in an armed standoff with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) beginning in 2014 stemming from decades of unpaid cattle grazing fees and restrictions. The Bundys have long claimed the feds were on a vendetta against them, and3,300 pages of documentsthe Justice Department wrongfully concealed from their lawyers provides smoking guns that buttress their case.

Awhistleblowing memoby BLM chief investigator Larry Wooten charges…

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