Washington State Representative Matt Shea met with Shari Dovale of Redoubt News and dropped a bombshell concerning the sealed hearings that are currently taking place in the Bundy Ranch trials, informing Americans about the “unethical and potentially illegal behavior” of the Bureau of Land Management when it came to dealing with the Bundy family.
Shea began by putting forth a type of disclaimer, presumably in the event that he would end up dead or “suicided.”
He then spoke about a letter he received concerning a BLM whistleblower named Larry Wooten, who was the lead investigator for the BLM’s investigation into the impound operation in April of 2014 at the Bundy Ranch.
Wooten pointed out numerous unethical and potentially illegal actions by Special Agent in Charge Daniel P. Love.
Love, as you may recall, was forced out of his job after a second Inspector General investigation found him to be engaged in misconduct, and I might add, criminal behavior. Love has had two reports of misconduct that we have discovered since the trials began and both of those were uncovered by the defense during the trials.
In his letter, Wooten wrote, “…the investigation revealed a widespread pattern of bad judgment, lack of discipline, incredible bias, unprofessionalism and misconduct, as well as likely policy, ethical, and legal violations among senior and supervisory staff at the BLM’s Office of Law Enforcement and Security.
According to Wooten, “The issues I uncovered in my opinion, also likely put our agency and specific law enforcement supervisors in potential legal, civil, and administrative jeopardy.”
He then added:
“When I discovered these issues, I promptly reported them to my supervisor (a BLM Assistant Special Agent-in-Charge, but also my subordinate co-case agent. Often, I realized that my supervisor was already aware of the issues, participated in, or instigated the misconduct himself, was present when the issues were reported to both of us, or was the reporting party himself.”
Wooten commented that when he did report these things to his supervisor, he was “generally unsurprised,” “uninterested,” “dismissive,” and “unconcerned.”
Mr. Wooten was to lead the investigation into the Bundys, but as it turns out, it appears that he became a simple paper pusher.
“I was specifically asked to lead a comprehensive, professional, thorough, unbiased and independent investigation into the largest and most expansive and important investigation ever within the Department of Interior,” Wooten wrote. However, “Instead of having a normal investigative team and chain of command, a BLM Assistant Special Agent-in-Charge (ASAC) decided to act as a subordinate co-case agent, but also as my supervisor. Agents senior to me acted as my helpers. I was basically the paper work, organizational and research guy.”
He went on to state that the “investigation” led to “misconduct” in the workplace, much of which he stated was “centered on being sexually inappropriate, profanity, appearance/body shaming and likely violated privacy and civil rights.”
The bias demonstrated by those involved, according to Wooten, reminded him of “middle school,” as there were “unprofessional and disrespectful comment and name calling,” often by law enforcement supervisors who are potential witnesses and investigative team supervisors.
Wooten also spoke specifically about Dan Love and said that he had a “Kill Book as a trophy and in essence bragged about getting three individuals in Utah to commit suicide.” Among those “trophies” was Dr. James Redd, whom Love and his team, including the FBI Special Agent-in-Charge in the Oregon protests, hounded until he finally killed himself. Interestingly enough, Love was discovered to be engaged in misconduct for doing stealing the very evidence that he was after Dr. Redd and other for discovering and claiming.
Wooten’s own supervisor was complicit in the conduct.
“My supervisor even took photographs in the secure command post area of the Las Vegas FBI Headquarters and even after he was told that no photographs were allowed, he recklessly emailed out photographs of the ‘Arrest Tracking Wall’ in which Eric Parker and Cliven Bundy had ‘X’s’ through their face and body (indicating prejudice and bias),” he wrote.
There is a plethora of information in Rep. Shea’s report. However, one of the biggest bombshell’s deals with the prosecution in the Bundy Ranch trials going on right now.
Shari Dovale reports:
This report names several BLM agents and employees, but then it goes even further. The US Attorney’s office is also implicated in the cover-up:
When I asked [AUSA (First Assistant and Lead Prosecutor) Steven] Myhre if the former BLM SAC’s statements like “Go out there and kick Cliven Bundy in the mouth (or teeth) and take his cattle” and “I need you to get the troops fired up to go get those cows and not take any crap from anyone” would be exculpatory or if we would have to inform the defense counsel, he said something like “we do now,” or “it is now.”
Wooten took great risk upon himself to report the flagrant and vicious acts committed by these government representatives and the Acting US Attorney, Steven Myhre, had him fired from the investigation.
On February 18, 2017, I was removed from my position as the Case Agent Lead Investigator for the Cliven Bundy/Gold Butte Nevada Case
My supervisor told me that AUSA Steven Myhre “furiously demanded” that I be removed from the case and mentioned something about us (the BLM, specifically my supervisor) not turning over (or disclosing) discovery related material
We have previously reported on the blatant Brady violations the prosecution continues to commit. They have withheld evidence that would have easily exonerated these 19 men. The prosecution knew the Bundy family was not threat, as they have already referred to the “Threat Assessment Report” previously completed. These men should never have been incarcerated at all, let alone kept for nearly 2 years.
The list of exculpatory evidence that has been kept from the defense continues to grow.
Now, the question is this: Will those who were convicted while this evidence was suppressed have those convictions overturned? What about the men who accepted plea deals because they believed they were being railroaded? How about the current tier or men facing the corruption of the court in Nevada.
The jig is up. This information about the corruption in the BLM and the Steven Myhre’s office is not going to go away. In fact, it should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law and what Myhre and Love sought to do to the Bundys and their supporters should be done to them, and then some, just for good measure.
Thank you, Rep. Shea for not being a coward and speaking forthrightly about this and to Mr. Wooten for having the courage to blow the whistle on the wrongdoing that is going on inside the BLM.