Congress Investigates ‘Serious Misconduct’ in Prosecution of Bundy Family

The judge found BLM prosecutors committed six separate violations for lying or witholding evidence…

Cliven Bundy photo

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(Tim Pearce, Daily Caller News Foundation) GOP lawmakers are looking into widespread abuse by Bureau of Land Management (BLM) law officials after the case against a Nevada rancher accused of multiple felonies was dismissed for “prosecutorial misconduct.”

GOP Reps. Rob Bishop of Utah and Bruce Westerman of Arkansas asked BLM Acting Director Brian Steed to investigate and report on the problems within the BLM that lead to a mistrial against Cliven Bundy, the Nevada rancher that led a standoff with federal law enforcement in 2014. Bishop, chairman of the House Committee on Natural Resources, and Westerman, chairman of the House Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, sent a letter with their request Wednesday.

“Approximately 91 percent of people charged with a crime in federal court are found guilty and 77 percent of defendants standing trial are convicted,” the letter says. “The failure of prosecutors to achieve a conviction in the Bundy case raises questions about the conduct of BLM law enforcement and their ability to carry out effective, fair, and professional law enforcement investigations.”

During the trial, the judge found BLM prosecutors committed six separate Brady violations for lying about the existence of or refusing to turn over evidence that was favorable to the defendants’ case. A whistleblower’s memo to the Department of Justice (DOJ) was also uncovered was also uncovered that alleged misconduct and abuse was pervasive throughout BLM’s senior law enforcement staff.

** MORE BUNDY RANCH TRIAL COVERAGE at Liberty Headlines **

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has ordered a DOJ investigation into the team of prosecutors on the Bundy case.

The lawmakers also requested what policies are being pursued to address “serious misconduct” and “systemic issues” within the agency that contributed to the bungled Bundy case and the 2015 death of Kate Steinle.

Steinle was killed after an illegal immigrant stole an unsecured firearm out of a BLM agent’s backpack. An illegal immigrant and seven-time convicted felon stole the gun and fired the shot that killed Steinle. He was found not guilty of murder, however. Steinle’s family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the BLM in December.

The BLM agent who was responsible for the gun that shot Steinle was never disciplined for his mistake. He was, however, promoted to a supervisory role in the agency later, the letter says.

“These types of examples continue to fuel the concerns of many Americans in the western United States, whose interactions with BLM are frequent and impactful,” the letter says. “BLM’s apparent culture of impunity for law enforcement misconduct is a detriment to the public and those employees committed to ethical service.”

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  • Karma

    Its about time someone starts investigating this garbage.

  • Junior1950

    “Attorney General Jeff Sessions has ordered a DOJ investigation into the team of prosecutors on the Bundy case.”

    U.S. Attorney General had better do more than just order a DOJ investigation into the CORRUPT SHENANIGANS of Prosecutor Steven Myhre and Company!! He (Sessions) had better see to it that they are prosecuted, convicted, and punished to the full extent that the law allows!!!!!!!!!!

    • lorddragonstar

      I don’e care if this offends anyone, but Sessions is one slow-as* guy.

      • Kathryn Jordan

        It sure doesn’t offend me. I agree with you about Sessions. Not only is he what you said he is, but he is a low life.

        • Born Again Southern Pride

          Offended? Nope… this guy is a serial custer fluck.

      • Daniel F. Melton

        Ya have to remember, sessions was a senator. They’re woke up to be herded in to the senate for votes, woken up to be herded back out, and kept ignorant and complacent by a near permanent staff.

        • lorddragonstar

          So sorry. Thank you, you are absolutely correct!

          • Daniel F. Melton

            Now it’s your turn to remind me of the obvious that I’ve overlooked.

          • lorddragonstar

            Ha ha ha! That’s kind of you, but I doubt you missed anything!

          • Daniel F. Melton

            I have no delusions as to my own faults and fallibility.

        • lorddragonstar

          Yes, sir! You are correct! Thank you!

    • CMSgt, USAF, Retired

      Junior1950; I am 100% in agreement with your statement. The federal government is out of control and needs to be held accountable for their unlawful actions. Unfortunately, it is a case of the fox guarding the hen house. I do not expect we will see anything meaningful come of any investigation of those investigating themselves.

      • Kathryn Jordan

        I agree with you. I don’t expect we will see anything come of any investigation of any prosecutor or those investigating themselves. The DOJ is so out of control with Sessions in control. That guy is a low life guy who only cares about himself.

        • brooksmd

          Like Holder and Lynch?

        • Alibaba

          I don’t expect that either. They already investigated Hillary! And?…

      • Daniel F. Melton

        Comes to the point where ya be thinking about declaring open season and no bag limit…

  • Jack Leonard

    The prosecutors should be fired and disbarred immediately.

    • Daniel F. Melton

      Cone 6 in a pottery kiln, just to pass the message to everybody else at doj and blm/department of interior.

  • Maxine Albritton

    our justice system especially lawyers overturning the Presidents executive orders needs to be investigated to. If this vigilante justice is to continue , we might as well throw out all lawbooks and continue to have kangaroo courts without the strain of the laws to back it up I mean lets continue to make them up as we go along and don’t record any because the next trial might change the current rule too. I love chaos..

    • Born Again Southern Pride

      Executive orders have no basis in the constitution. They are seldom constitutional in their scope and objective. We love them when they go our way and hate them when they don’t.

      • Maxine Albritton

        It is a good way to bypass congress and enacting it into a law but it is easily erased by the next president if he so chooses. Obama did a lot of bypassing Congress and trump signed a lot of eO to rid of obamas legacy. Most of which needed to go.

        • Born Again Southern Pride

          Executive actions or orders are not law. Only congress can pass legislation.

          • Maxine Albritton

            maybe law was the wrong word but EO are intended to be followed. the left is fighting nicely at trumps trying to erase them.

          • Born Again Southern Pride

            You are right about that Maxine!

  • Linda Meyer

    Go sessions, KNOCK DOWN THE BLM!!!!!

    • Daniel F. Melton

      Maybe he needs kick started?

  • mark

    Fire all the prosecutors involved. Have them disbarred and then charge them with every statute they have broken.

    • Kenny Albert

      Not only the prosecutors but all of the agents who were involved in the cattle killing and stand off.

  • Harvey Mitterdorf

    All the more reason to fire every single federal employee who is not 100% needed.

    • Daniel F. Melton

      The only problem I could see with that is that unemployment rates would triple.

      • Fed up!

        Probably right. There is a upside, as unemployed they do less damage to the American tax payer.

        • Daniel F. Melton

          There’s a few that might find honest employment. Those that gravitate towards crime can find themselves shot.

      • Alibaba

        Nah! 80% of 2.2 million government employees ammouts to less than 1.7million new unemployed. And afterall Bureau of Labor Statistics would take care of unemployment numbers, as always do. Oh! Wait! They will cannot do that! They will be part of those 1.7 million newly unemployed!…

        • Daniel F. Melton

          And with them out of the way we might see the real numbers.

    • Alibaba

      Meaning about 80% of them?…

  • Kathryn Jordan

    All the more to investigate the DOJ and how Sessions runs it. The guy is a low life who can’t keep his department in order. This idiot lies to Congress at his confirmation hearing, and he is still confirmed as Attorney General. So why should he order an investigation of the prosecutors on the “Bundy Case”? He needs to investigate his own department.

    • brooksmd

      Were you just as adamant with Holder and Lynch?

  • Born Again Southern Pride

    Good job, let them investigate themselves. They will get raises, promotions or retirement benefits.

    • Daniel F. Melton

      Could we contract some of putin’s old kgb interrogators for that job?

  • Jeff

    Does this surprise anyone, the BLM misconduct and abuse of powers all occurred while Oduesch was in office, from what I’ve read there was a total lack of professionalism within the BLM and widespread misuse of its authority, again the majority of which was allowed to prosper under the last administration, this should come as no surprise to anyone with half a brain, this was simply the way Oduesch ran his administration, he destroyed this country, ignored the rule of law and allowed the government to become to large of an entity with little to no oversight……..Smfh!

    • brooksmd

      Wasn’t just BLM. IRS, DOJ, EPA…

    • Daniel F. Melton

      ***Oduesch ran his administration, he destroyed this country, ignored the
      rule of law and allowed the government to become to large of an entity
      with little to no oversight***

      What else would one expect from an alinsky school community activist?

  • disqus_sJpTxVtx0a

    The “good ol’ boy” system has to be cleared out at all government levels. Abuse of power has become the norm for a very long time and reached a low spot with the Obama administration. The “holdovers” need to be fired and or prosecuted ASAP.

  • brooksmd

    Obama’s policies of giving federal agencies over reaching power, IRS, DOJ, BLM, EPA and others.

    • Daniel F. Melton

      And then “o”boy authorizing them to have their own private armies sure does not help things.

    • Franie

      All those alphabet agencies should be immediately be disarmed. Why in God’s name, do agencies like the EPA and FDA need to be armed???

  • Askjrsk

    Sessions will ask if they smoke pot. End of story. Where’s accountability? Where’s a real AG?

  • Fed up!

    I understand this was total abuse by BLM agency under the criminal Obama Administration but what took so long for DOJ / Sessions not know there was blatant BS by the goverment attorneys. It should not take more than a week to find abuse of powers and charges brought up on these government attorneys. A paralegal with have a brain can find abuses

  • Matt B

    This would have never happened if Hillary was president. The BLM would be using this trial to seize more private land. The Clinton’s would have found a way for some friends or support group to prosper financially. It’s what they do.

  • Douglas Weiss

    It is not Sessions fault snowflake. It is all the creep lawyers Obama put in the DOJ over his eight year reign of terror. It will take time for Sessions and Trump to weed out these evil leftist slimeballs. The BLM in the Bundy case were operating under the direct orders of none other than the biggest scumbag of all time Harry Reid. Reid wanted the land cleared so he could pursue a deal made by his son and the Chinese to develop that land for solar energy. It is ALWAYS about the money.

  • Matt B

    The DOJ under Obama was half a protection racket and half an extortion racket. Comey made $13 million then Mueller made $18 million off their schemes. Many people have the $9 trillion we borrowed and still owe. It’s an enormous swamp.

  • Jim

    Bundy’s are not the only ones to suffer misconduct. This country is in serious trouble. Too many cowardly people being indoctrinated in the schools. Foreigners in various places. Even twitter is run full stop by Marxist loving foreigners. Yes sir. We are progressing. Have fun.

  • John

    Abuse of power by the Federal government during exPresident Failure, I Mean, President Obamas administration, SAY IT AINT SO.
    Heck that was just a Monday to them. Especially against any political opponent, or people who clinched onto their bibles and guns or dared to use their land the way they saw fit or owned a large farm or business of any size.

  • Ron C

    No doubt nothing will come of a congressional investigation of this BLM abuse of power…in the real world many in law enforcement and many more from the federal law enforcement communities…claim they are the laws…and that they are NOT subjected to the law…that is just the way it is, and won’t be changing anytime soon!
    Not as long as we maintain a third world government, that sell its positions to the highest bidders…period!

  • Pat Prybil

    84% of land in Nevada is owned by the Federal Government. 68% is owned by the BLM. The Bundy ranch was allowed for generations to use the adjacent land for their cattle to graze, because it was open range. They paid a fair amount for the grazing fee. Then BLM came in and said no, we want to stick it to you, and you’re going to pay through your nose, or remove your cattle. When the Bundy family said, we can’t afford that, BLM said too bad. In turn they stopped paying their open range fee since it wasn’t deemed open range any longer. They were making a stand against big government. BLM got pissed off and said we’ll make an example of this family not to get in our way. Bundy’s said this has been our way of life for generations, screw you !! There was so much crap BLM did to this family, that wasn’t reported. I live in Nevada. I stand with the Bundy’s !!!!!

  • SA Ander

    Good luck with that, Sessions is affraid of his own shadow.

  • Busdriver Bill

    Can anyone explain how BLM can have ANY jurisdiction in the affairs of State land? Or, for that matter, why indeed there is ANY Federal land within State boundaries (except for the few military bases, scattered around the countryside). I see a huge 10th amendment issue here. Perhaps there’s a secession issue, too.

  • Allen Evans

    We ALL know that the BLM “misconduct” started in the Oval Office with Barry Obama making a deal with Nevada senator, Harry Reid to run the Bundy’s off of the land they had been rightfully leasing the the STATE of Nevada for years.

  • Kenny Albert

    Shut down the BLM and give all of the land back to the States.

  • Ken

    ;It isn’t just the trials that BLM has bungled. The whole mess is due to their bungling, arrogance, and ham handed tactics to force ranchers off the land. These “land management” agencies were never intended to be law enforcement, that is suppose to be up to local police and sheriffs departments. The FBI also needs to show why the murderer of Lavoy Finnicum has never been brought to justice? Another government coverup and boondoogle.

  • Alan404

    Great. Now what might congress actually do when/if they open their eyes and see the screwed up mess created by government. I understand that Mr. Bundy is contemplating a law suit against the government. I wish him luck with that. By the way, what are the possibilities of criminal prosecutions being brought against the seeming improprieties of government agents?

  • iprazhm

    Misconduct????? How about MURDER, stalking, planting/destroying evidence, destroying private property, killing privately owned cattle, perjury, conspiracy to commit crimes, terrorism, dereliction of duty, treason AND MORE?
    Will this be another investigative debacle by congress? It’s sounding that way!
    If you follow the clues, the true miscreants are in Washington!!!

  • Alan

    I’m not surprised, I have NO faith in ANY Federal Law institution.

    • Name

      I not only have no faith but also no trust in any Federal Law Agency.

  • Alibaba

    Those selling drones, killing robots and ammunition to the government?…

  • old_salty_dawg99

    The prosecutor should be disbarred for life.

  • Name

    I saw the video from inside the vehicle, and the law kept firing at the vehicle after Lavoe had been shot. It looked like they were trying to kill everybody in the vehicle as well.

  • ADRoberts

    Asking the acting head of the BLM to investigate the BLM? Is that a joke?