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Newhouse Statement on Presidential Pardon of Dwight and Steven Hammond

July 10, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) released the following statement on President Trump’s pardon of Dwight and Steven Hammond:

“I applaud President Trump for pardoning Dwight and Steven Hammond,” said Rep Newhouse. “There are few incidences that occur in our nation that better depict just how out of touch and unresponsive our federal government is to our citizens than the sentencing of Dwight and Steve Hammond from Eastern Oregon. After the Hammonds started a backfire to protect their cattle grazing land and assist the greater wildfire control effort, the Hammonds were prosecuted by the Department of Justice for arson under the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act. After a federal judge only sentenced the Hammonds to three months, stating anything longer would be a ‘shock to the conscience,’ aloof federal prosecutors appealed and succeeded in attaining a five year prison sentence. I support President Trump’s decision to pardon the Hammonds, whose struggles represent many rural communities’ valid frustrations with the federal government’s unresponsiveness, callousness, and poor land management tendencies.”