(National Sentinel) Drain, baby, drain: The Department of Justice is launching a probe into the actions of federal prosecutors involved in Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy’s case, as investigators look into evidence they may have hid evidence that cleared him of wrongdoing.
The rancher was facing criminal charges related to a 2014 standoff with Bureau of Land Management (BLM) agents. Following the prosecution’s numerous mistakes and “willful” withholding of evidence that would have aided Bundy in his defense, a judge ruled a mistrial Wednesday, The Oregonian reported.
The DOJ did not say whether it would pursue another trial against Cliven Bundy and others involved in the 2014 standoff, according to E&E News.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions “personally directed that an expert in the department’s discovery obligations be deployed to examine the case and advise as to next steps,” DOJ deputy director of public affairs Ian Prior told The Oregonian.
“This is every prosecutor’s nightmare,” said retired federal prosecutor Kent Robinson.
Prior to the mistrial ruling by U.S. District Judge Gloria M. Navarro, BLM Special Agent Larry Wooten issued a report finding that federal agents with the Bureau of Land Management used “incredible bias” during their handling of the 2014 standoff with Nevada rancher Clive Bundy.
In addition, BLM agents may even have broken the law and displayed widespread misconduct, according to a report prosecutors have shared with Bundy’s defense attorneys, Wooten found.
The report also covered some of what Wooten said he witnessed during his three-year probe. That included a BLM agent’s “kill list,” which featured people who had committed suicide while being scrutinized and investigated by the agency.
Also, Wooten said he found that BLM agents referred to the Bundys themselves as “retards” and “douche bags.” Agents also bragged about “grinding” a Bundy family member’s face into gravel, as well as lead prosecutor and Nevada acting U.S. Attorney Steve Myhre’s “preferred ignorance” of details regarding the investigation that would benefit the Bundys in their defense.
Former Special Agent Dan Love, who was placed in charge of impounding the Bundy’s cattle in 2014, conducted “the most intrusive, oppressive, large-scale and militaristic trespass cattle impound possible” against their ranch.