Following the release of a scathing whistleblower report by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s lead investigator, Larry Wooten, which accused FBI agents of far-reaching misconduct, recklessness and unrestrained antipathy toward the Bundy family, one of the co-defendants in the case, Ammon Bundy, has spoken out in a passionate video message.
The Oregonian/OregonLive obtained a copy of the 18-page whistleblower report, which was dated Nov. 27. The trial against Cliven Bundy and his sons, Ammon and Ryan, along with co-defendant Ryan Payne, began Nov. 14 in Las Vegas.
After being held in prison for the past two years, Ammon and Ryan Bundy were both granted a limited release recently by the judge while the trial is ongoing, after the prosecution failed to show evidence why they should be kept imprisoned during the trial.
The memo from Wooten prompted Cliven Bundy’s lawyer to file a motion early Monday to dismiss the case. There’s already an issue regarding the government’s failure to promptly share evidence with the defense.
In response, U.S. District Judge Gloria M. Navarro sent the jury home for more than a week as she attempts to sort out the claims and prosecutors scramble to save their case.
Below is Ammon’s emotional video message in response to the report.