Donald Trump has made widely publicized use of his pardon power.
Journalists and Democrats have been infuriated at every turn.
But President Trump shocked the world again with two pardons that no one saw coming.
In 2016, brothers Ryan and Ammon Bundy led standoff with armed government agents after federal prosecutors won an appeal to send Dwight and Steve Hammond back to prison for a longer sentence after a judge released them from prison following a 2012 conviction for starting a fire.
Prosecutors won a conviction against the two in 2012 using an anti-terrorism law, but the judge in the case believed the mandatory minimum sentence was too harsh.
So he freed the brothers after they had served a short time in prison.
This enraged Obama administration officials who filed an appeal to have them sent back to the slammer.
Trump ended the ordeal by pardoning the Hammonds.
The Daily Caller reports:
President Donald Trump pardoned two Oregon ranchers forced back into prison in 2016 to serve out the rest of the mandatory minimum sentence required under an anti-terrorism law.
“The Hammonds are multi-generation cattle ranchers in Oregon imprisoned in connection with a fire that leaked onto a small portion of neighboring public grazing land,” the White House said in a statement. “The evidence at trial regarding the Hammonds’ responsibility for the fire was conflicting, and the jury acquitted them on most of the charges.
Sending the Hammonds to prison kicked off a national firestorm.
The Bundy brothers led a demonstration at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in eastern Oregon to resist the Obama administration’s tyranny.
The standoff lasted for weeks and ended in the arrest of 27 people who were charged with federal crimes.
Bundy and six other members of his group were later acquitted of charges of conspiracy to impede federal officials and possession of a firearm in a federal building.
Activists who believe the federal government who has encroached too greatly into land matters were thrilled by the decision.
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