Trump pardons Oregon ranchers whose case led to refuge occupation

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(Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday pardoned Oregon cattle ranchers Dwight Hammond and his son, Steven, after both were convicted on arson charges, sparking the 2016 occupation of a wildlife refuge, according to a White House statement.

The Hammonds’ case led to the armed 41-day occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. The takeover was the latest flare-up in a decades-old conflict over federal control of millions of acres of public land in the Western United States.

Reporting by Gina Cherelus in New York; Editing by Scott Malone and Jeffrey Benkoe

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