Sessions praises ‘Battle of Bunkerville’ prosecutor as retrial kicks off
By Brian Seay
Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks before law enforcement officials in Las Vegas on Wednesday, July 12. (Photo: Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday lauded the lead prosecutor in the ongoing Bunkerville standoff trial, but stopped short of taking sides.
Sessions was in Las Vegas talking about sanctuary cities when he made the comments, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
“I’ve got to tell you, it’s impressive when you have a tough case, a controversial case, and you’ve got the top guy leading the battle, going to court, standing up and defending the office and the principles of the law,” Sessions said of Nevada’s Acting U.S. Attorney Steven Myhre.
“I’m not taking sides or commenting on the case,” he said. “Just want to say that leadership requires, a lot of times, our people to step up and be accountable.”
The “Battle of Bunkerville” was a six day standoff between dozens of armed ranchers, together with their supporters, and U.S. Bureau of Land Management officials in April 2014. Rancher Cliven Bundy spent decades refusing to pay grazing fees to the federal government. When federal agents came to collect cattle in lieu of those payments, people came from all over the country to