Cliven Bundy says FBI 'assassinated' Oregon militia man, then he hangs up on us
Four militia members remain holed up at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon and they're showing no sign of coming out. Meanwhile, the original leaders of the occupation — brothers Ammon and Ryan Bundy — are in a local county jail.
Cliven Bundy still lives on his ranch, in Bunkerville, Nevada where that standoff took place and unlike his sons, he's encouraging those still occupying the refuge to stay on and "hold down the fort."
"We're not going to give up those guy's lives," Cliven Bundy tells As It Happens host Carol Off. "We're not going to give up the fight for freedom and state sovereignty either."
"With a lot of thought and prayer and trying to figure out what needed to be done, the question was should we retain the control or give up and get those guys out of there the best way we can?" Bundy explains.
"My final decision was 'Hey, we need to retain that resource center,' and so I put the notice out to the sheriff that that's what he should do — is he should neutralize the area there and get rid of the feds and get rid of the state police."
"You know we got a bunch of people that just murdered a man — cold blooded — and they tried to murder those other people in that car," Bundy insists. "They tried to make sure there's no witnesses left there so there's no doubt their intent."
The video in question shows the FBI and Oregon State Police in pursuit of Finicum after he tried to elude arrest at a traffic-stop. FBI agents argue that the video shows Finicum reaching for his pocket, where he held a loaded 9-millimetre semi-automatic handgun, moments before he is fatally shot.
Here is the video released by the FBI and a warning, the footage contains graphic images.
Eight other militia members were arrested at the road block without incident. When asked why he thinks the remaining occupiers are at a higher risk, Bundy abruptly ends the conversation.
At this point in the conversation, Bundy hung up.
"To call it an assassination is absolutely 100 per cent not correct," John Sepulvado tells As It Happens host Carol Off. "It's clear that the distance between what the video shows and what people are saying is quite large."
Sepulvado is a reporter with Oregon Public Broadcasting. He's followed this story extensively and offers a different account of what happens in the video.