>> US President Donald Trump on Tuesday pardoned Oregon cattle ranchers, Dwight Hammond and his son Steven, after both were convicted on arson charges in a case that sparked an armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in 2016. The Hammonds were first convicted of crimes under an anti-terrorism act that required a mandatory minimum jail sentence of five years.
But a judge gave them much shorter terms. That prompted an appeal from the Obama administration in 2015. And the two men were resentenced to serve out the remaining years of a five year term.>> Get out of here, you coward.>> The decision triggered a 41 day stand-off led by Ammon Bundy and dozens of ranchers over federal control of millions of acres of public land in the Western US.
>> And it has been left to us to decide whether we allow these things to go on or whether we make a stand.>> The occupation turned deadly when an FBI agent allegedly shot rancher Robert LaVoy Finicum when officers arrested leaders of the occupation. The Hammonds, just the latest high profile figures to be pardoned by Trump.
In a statement, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders called the appeal of the original sentences, quote, overzealous, adding that the Hammonds are devoted family men, and justice is overdue.>> I hope to see you in five years.