As another Lame Cherry exclusive in matter anti matter.
Do not be fooled by Mr President pardoning the Hammond Family which was the catalyst that ended with the murder of LaVoy Finicum by the federal police state, as all that pardon is, is to sucker you into thinking that Mr. President's David Souter pick for the Supreme Court is a Conservative, when Brett Kavanaugh is nothing but a liberal.
Dwight Hammond, Jr., 76, and his son Steven Hammond, 49, were convicted in 2012 under an anti-terrorism statute and received sentences of 3 months and one year, respectively, according to the Washington Post. The relatively short sentences came despite mandatory minimum sentences of five years. Once they were out of prison, however, prosecutors challenged the judge’s decision to shorten their terms. The challenge resulted in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals sentencing them back to prison to complete five-year sentences, until Trump used his pardon power.
"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."
The White House’s decision aligns with the judge’s original sentence, which gave both men less prison time than the mandatory minimum.
I am pleased that the Hammonds, who had to wait 18 months to be vindicated after being branded felons in federal prison, were pardoned, and any way a pardon comes for innocent Americans is worth it. But when this is nothing but a diversion to sucker Western People into thinking that Donald Trump really is who he said he was in 2016, it loses all of it's principle and meaning.
So the Hammonds got a pardon. The feds bankrupted them, stole their lives and their ranch. Big whoop as why didn't Donald Trump donate his paycheck to the Hammonds as it would be the first time Mr. President donated that check to Americans who really were in need.
What other wonderful crumbs will appear and be told it is Conservative bounty as this President needs to fool his supporters into trusting him again.
I don't suppose Jeff Sessions is going to fire all those prosecutors, FBI agents and Game and Fish who framed the Hammonds......or pray chance file Grand Jury charges against them all and the judge too?
Not one chance.