Congressman Greg Walden

Representing the 2nd District of Oregon

Greg Walden: President Trump "seriously considering" Hammond pardon

July 1, 2018
Press Release

Greg Walden: President Trump "seriously considering" Hammond pardon

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) today released a statement following a phone call with President Trump regarding the pardon of Dwight and Steven Hammond:

“Late Saturday afternoon, President Trump called me to say he is 'seriously considering' pardoning Dwight and Steven Hammond. The sentencing of Dwight and Steve Hammond to five years in federal prison is unjust. Period. Federal Judge Michael Hogan agreed, when he used his discretion to apply more appropriate sentences, calling the mandatory minimum sentence for this case something that would ‘shock the conscience.' Multiple editorial boards across Oregon have concurred.

"Prosecutorial overzealousness by the federal government under the Obama Administration ignored Judge Hogan’s judicial discretion, and doubled down, forcing them to serve a mandatory minimum sentence established for terrorists.

"President Trump can right this wrong. I again strongly urged the President to administer the justice that is long overdue for these eastern Oregon ranchers by granting them a pardon so that they can get back to Harney County and their families.”

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