GOP lawmakers, the Trump administration and Democrats were sharply divided over public land use and a Nevada standoff between federal law enforcement and a militia led by Cliven Bundy before he was freed from jail. Now those positions have hardened and the battle is moving to Congress.
A judge denied a motion to dismiss the federal case against Bunkerville rancher Cliven Bundy, two of his sons and Montana independent militia man Ryan Payne.
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions made a brief reference to the ongoing Bunkerville standoff trial Wednesday when he offered praise to the lead prosecutor, but he declined to take a side in the case that his Justice Department is prosecuting.
The son of rancher Cliven Bundy, arguing on his own behalf, told the judge he can’t adequately prepare for his case while detained and asserted that his right to a speedy trial has been violated.